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  • March 13, 2012

    Another Illinois State-Record Walleye Caught on the Pecatonica River-0

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    The fight lasted less than half a minute, but the fish at the end of the line turned out to be the new Illinois state-record walleye.

    Angler Jim Zimmerman of Beloit, WI was fishing on the Pecatonica River, about 20 miles south of the state line, when he caught this 15.08-pound walleye, according to the Associated Press.

    ‘‘When it came up, I knew it was big one,’’ Zimmerman told the Chicago Sun-Times. ‘‘But it wasn’t a vicious hit, just a normal hit. Set the hook. It was over in 25 seconds.’’

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  • March 13, 2012

    Mountain Lion Goes on Llama Killing Spree in Montana-1

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    A mountain lion went on a llama killing spree near Helena, Montana earlier this month -- but strangely enough -- it didn't eat any of its prey. The 175-pound, healthy male lion was leaving the llama carcasses behind after mauling them for their owners to find. He killed a total of six llamas, according to helenair.com.

    The llama killings were first reported late last month after ranchers from the Birdseye, MT area started reporting dead animals. The ranchers contacted Wildlife Services, who sent federal agent Kraig Glazier to investigate.

    “Even though the tracking conditions were extremely poor, it was evident from the kill pattern and the little feeding pattern that it wasn’t a wolf but a mountain lion,” Glazier said. “This one was 20 yards from Birdseye Road and the lion had pulled the llama under the fence where there’s an old bus stop shelter where kids can wait for the bus."

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  • March 13, 2012

    Donald Trump's Sons Criticized After Safari Hunting Photos Surface-3

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    The Donald's two sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, have been bombarded with criticism from anti-hunting groups since photos surfaced of their African hunting safari taken last year. In the photos, the brothers are shown posing with a croc, elephant, and Kudu.

    "Like all animals, elephants, buffalo, and crocodiles deserve better than to be killed and hacked apart for two young millionaires' grisly photo opportunity. If the Trumps want to help villagers, they have plenty of resources at their disposal," PETA commented on its website.

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  • March 12, 2012

    Quebec Fisheries Officials Brace for Spread of Deadly Fish Virus-2

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    The Quebec Natural Resources and Wildlife Department is proposing a province-wide ban on the use of live minnows as bait, insisting that either frozen minnows or artificial bait must replace live minnows to prevent the spread of a deadly fish virus, The Vancouver Sun reports.

    Posing no risks to humans, viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS) causes hemorrhaging of internal organs and tissues, leading to death, in the 50 species of fish. As an infected fish's body decomposes, the virus is released and can spread. Biologists say fish die-offs can go unnoticed but typically take place in the spring, after spawning.

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  • March 12, 2012

    Texas Kid Sets Potential IGFA Junior Record for Smallmouth Buffalo-2

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    Just weeks after we reported on the Minnesota record eelpout, another ugly-fish record has fallen. Austin Anderson, 16, caught this 50-pound, 6-ounce smallmouth buffalo while fishing a tournament on Lake Fork in Texas.

    This nasty sucker is a potential International Game Fish Association Record for Junior anglers.

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  • March 9, 2012

    Alaska OKs Plan to Kill Black Bears and Grizzlies From Helicopters-8

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    The Alaska Board of Game approved a plan on Sunday to have state biologists slaughter an unspecified number of black and grizzly bears in a portion of Game Management Unit 19A in an effort to increase the area’s moose population.

    Bears will be shot by state biologist from helicopters starting in 2013. The program will run for two years and all efforts to recover salvageable bear meat to give to local communities will be made. The number of bears to be killed is unknown but a press release detailing Sunday’s meeting said the number will be as low as possible. 

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  • March 8, 2012

    Machine Guns Vegas: Luxury Las Vegas Shooting Lounge-6

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    The latest hot spot in Vegas allows visitors to Sin City to double down on targets at full auto.

    Machine Guns Vegas, which bills itself as “The Firearm Experience,” immerses customers in high-octane action by allowing them to shoot handguns, semi-automatic and fully-automatic guns in a luxury setting with a “night club mood.” 

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  • March 7, 2012

    New Research Indicates Shark Fin Soup Could Be Linked to Alzheimer's Disease-3

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    A new study suggests that shark fins — a controversial and expensive culinary ingredient — contain high levels of a chemical harmful to the human nervous system. This neurotoxin, BMAA, has been linked to Alzheimer’s and Lou Gehrig’s disease.

    These findings could help decrease demand for shark fins and discourage people from shark-finning practices.

    “The concentrations of BMAA in the samples are a cause for concern, not only in shark fin soup, but also in dietary supplements and other forms ingested by humans," said Deborah Mash, study co-author and director of the University of Miami Brain Endowment Bank, in a statement.

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  • March 7, 2012

    Possible Wolf Pack Sighting in Northeast Utah-1

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    Last week the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources reported that a helicopter crew spotted four wolves or wolf-dog hybrids in a remote area of northeast Utah. For more than a year, the division has been investigating wolf sightings in the region, but it won't confirm this sighting until it has DNA evidence.

    The division is now trying to track and capture the animals. This from the press statement:

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  • March 6, 2012

    Tongue-Eating Parasite Killing Bream in Europe-3

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    A horrific parasite reminiscent of the Alien movies has infected almost half of the bream population in some areas of the Mediterranean.

    Cerathotoa italic, nicknamed Betty by scientists, enters young fish through the gills then positions itself on top of the tongue where it feeds on the host’s blood.

    Eventually the Betty feeds so much and grows so large that it replaces the host’s tongue entirely.  This stunts the fish’s growth and shortens its life considerably. Thankfully, the Betty parasite poses no risk to humans and has a warm, nutty taste when toasted.

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