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  • December 14, 2011

    Biologists Capture Rare Persian Leopard on Camera in Afghanistan-3

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    The Wildlife Conservation Society reports that images of the extremely endangered Persian leopard have been captured by a trail camera in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. Biologists are elated at the discovery as the cat was thought to be extinct in the region. The Persian, or Caucasian, subspecies is native to Iran, Turkmenistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Afghanistan and parts of Russia and Turkey. 

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  • December 14, 2011

    Two Record Black Bears Taken in New Jersey-6

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    New Jersey's controversial bear hunt has given Garden State hunters a crack at some humongous bruins. The bear pictured here was taken by John Noon last week Thursday and weighed 776 pounds setting a new state record. It took six hours and 11 people to get the bear out of the woods, according to NJ.com.

    But Noon's record only lasted for 24 hours. On Friday another New Jersey hunter named Bruce Headley took an 829-pound bear.

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  • December 13, 2011

    OK Governor Catches Heat After Shooting 425-Inch Bull Behind a High Fence-20

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    Last month Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin went on an elk hunt at a 6,800-acre high-fence ranch. The ranch was hosting an event and for economic development leaders to talk about the economy in the state and while there, Gov. Fallin shot this massive bull that reportedly scored 425 inches and weighed 1,000 pounds.

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  • December 13, 2011

    German Angler Lands 485-Pound Record Halibut-8

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    Warning: The following contains place names that will be unpronounceable to most readers.  In fact, the author can’t pronounce them.
       
    It was confirmed this week that a halibut caught by German angler Gunther Hansel off Bolungarvík in the West Fjords of Iceland in August is officially the largest halibut ever caught by a sea angler. 

    Hansel’s monster measured 2.5 meters (about 8.2 feet) and weighed almost 220 kilos (about 485 pounds). The previous record holders were Bosse Carlsson and Hans-Olov Nilsson, who took their 210 kilo (around 462 pounds) halibut off the coast of Norway in 2009.
       
    The 70-year-old Hansel reportedly battled his catch for some two hours before bringing it on board with the help of five other men.

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  • December 12, 2011

    20 Famous People Who Are (Not) Vegetarians-12

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    Last month PETA announced that it was releasing postage stamps featuring the faces of 20 famous vegetarians. The message? These people are vegetarians and they're famous, so you should be a vegetarian too.

    "These are very influential people, and not everyone knows that these folks are vegetarian," PETA Vice-President Lisa Lange said, according to New York Daily News.

    PETA highlighted "influential" historical figures like Pamela Anderson, Bob Barker and Steve-O (you know, that guy who became famous by stapling his scrotum to his leg).

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  • December 8, 2011

    Help Us Pick The Prize for Our Next Caption Contest!-9

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    So Outdoor Life is part of a cool contest operated by Crown Royal, sponsor of Field & Stream’s Hook Shots show and maker of the whiskey that comes in a purple bag. The contest is called “Pass the Crown,” and it’s a variation on the Secret Santa gift exchange anyone who’s ever worked in an office is familiar with. Are you lucky enough to have never worked in an office? Then here’s how this works:

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  • December 8, 2011

    Officials: Croc Killed Scuba Diver in Australia-1

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    Officials in northern Australia are searching for what is described as a “large” saltwater crocodile believed to have killed a SCUBA diver this week. David Fordson, 49, was spearfishing with a friend in Bushie Islet in the Cairncross Island Group three miles off the coast of Cape York, Queensland when he was attacked and killed by what police are calling “a marine animal.”

    Despite this vague description most people in the area believe it was a croc. Police have yet to confirm this theory but have said publically that the possibility of the attack animal being a saltwater crocodile was high.

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  • December 7, 2011

    Bear Hunting Protests Continue in New Jersey After Opening Day-14

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    An estimated 200 hunters were elated Monday after each taking a black bear on the opening day of New Jersey’s six-day hunt. 

    Animal activists and critics of the hunt weren’t so elated.  They argued that a better way to reduce the state’s estimated 3,400 bears is to learn to deal with them.  

    "The anti-hunting groups have a word they describe, they want to have bear aversion training," Dr. Larry Rudolph with Safari Club International told the Associated Press. "Somehow, they think these animals aren't wild animals but circus animals to be trained to avoid humans. That's not logical and that's not possible.  New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection cited almost 3,000 instances where there was human bear interface, with 46 of those involving bears actually entering into a residential home. I don't think you want to come home and find a black bear in your kitchen, when you are ready to make dinner."

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  • December 7, 2011

    Stranded Alaska Man Survived for 60 Hours on Beer-9

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    Coors Light might want to consider changing its advertising slogan from The Silver Bullet to The Life Saver now that news has surfaced that a man stranded in Alaska survived for three days by eating cans of beer. 

    Clifton Vial became stranded more than 40 miles outside of Nome, Alaska on November 28 after his Toyota Tacoma veered into a snowdrift. With no cell service and wearing only jeans, a thin jacket, and sneakers the 52-year-old made every effort to free himself from the snow.

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  • December 5, 2011

    Shark Knocks California Angler From His Kayak-3

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    Harry Pali of San Francisco should take his kayak to dinner or at least buy it flowers because without it there’s a good chance he’d be dead today. 

    Pali was fishing in 25 feet of water off Pigeon Point near San Francisco last Tuesday when he was thrown from his 12-foot kayak by the impact from a shark smashing into his boat.

    Pali told the Santa Cruz Sentinel, “The impact felt like being hit from a car.” Despite the force of the blow, Pali was able to climb back aboard the kayak and paddle to shore. 

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