Montana authorities have captured a grizzly sow responsible for killing more than 70 sheep over an eight-day period. The killings took place within a 20-mile radius of Great Falls, Montana between June 16 and June 22, with 72 sheep killed and another four injured. Fifty sheep were killed at one location over two nights. Only two of the sheep were eaten.
It’s been seven years since Hurricane Katrina devastated southern Louisiana, and two since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion threatened to throw a knock-out punch to North America’s most fertile waters and wetlands. At long last, it seems as if recovery help is on the way thanks to the unified voices of Vanishing Paradise, a coalition of more than 700 national, state and local hunting and fishing organizations led by the National Wildlife Federation.
The United States Senate and House conferees agreed yesterday on a Transportation Bill package that includes the RESTORE Act, which dedicates 80% of the Clean Water Act penalties from the Deep Water Horizon oil spill to Gulf Coast restoration, mostly for the Mississippi River Delta region. Both chambers of Congress are expected to approve the bill, as is President Obama.
There are some places in the northeast where a bear in your front yard isn’t a big deal, but Brookline and Cape Cod aren’t on that list.
So what is it that has a rogue bear travelling 100 miles back to the coast?
On Tuesday, a bear was reported to be hanging out in the Brookline treetops of a $4.9 million home, six miles from downtown Boston. Police confirmed it to be the same bear found in Cape Cod that had been relocated100 miles away to Central Massachusetts on June 11th.
Another sign of the forthcoming animal apocalypse has reared its ugly head. Or rather thousands of heads. Last month we ran a blog about all the weird creatures slowly infesting our woods, rivers, and seas. Today comes news that the southern Utah town of Parowan has been overrun with what many are calling a plague of prairie dogs.
For more than 50 years, Outdoor Life encouraged its readers to take the conservation and sportsman’s pledge. The goal of the pledge was simple: to have American hunters and fishermen commit to the ideals of wildlife conservation and the principles of fair chase, and for them to advocate for the rights of sportsmen. Thousands of Americans from all walks of life, up to and including U.S. presidents, took the pledge. None have been more significant than the groups of youngsters who have attended the West Virginia State Conservation Camp. Since the pledge’s introduction they have recited its words at the end of each day at camp.
Last week Susan Nelson of Whiteford, Maryland landed what may be Virginia’s next state-record wahoo. She was fishing off Wachapreague while trolling a ballyhoo on a mono leader. The fish weighed in at a hefty 122 lbs.,1 oz. and measured 80.25 inches.
Nelson and Captain Keith Neal got the fish aboard after hitting it with the gaff twice, according to the Salt Water Sportsman. Neal then realized the fish had a good chance of beating the current record, which was caught in 1994 and weighed 109 pounds.
Yesterday, Lonesome George, last of the Pinta tortoise subspecies, died at an estimated age of over 100 years.
Leaving no baby Pintas to carry on his legacy, this subspecies has officially become extinct.
According to BBC news, George was found dead in his corral at the Charles Darwin Research Station, headquarters for the Charles Darwin Foundation, yesterday by Fausto Llerena, his keeper of 40 years. The Galápagos National Park Service, chief partner of the CDRS, stated she was among those who first spotted him in 1971 on the island of Pinta.
Until that point, scientists had thought his subspecies (Chelonoidis nigra abingdoni) was already extinct from depredation by humans and invasive species (a.k.a. goats).
Well-known outdoor writer and TV host, Homer Circle, died unexpectedly Friday at the age of 97.
Circle, whose column in Bassmaster magazine was titled, “Ask Uncle Homer” was a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America since 1946 and was perhaps best known to most as the long-time fishing editor for Sports Afield magazine. He filled that role from 1968 through 2002 and remained active in writing and fishing until his death.
Circle wrote numerous books on bass fishing, the last, “Bass Wisdom,” was published in 2000. He also hosted several TV shows including “The Fisherman” and “The Outdoorsman,” as well as starring in two fishing films, Bigmouth (1973) and Bigmouth Forever (1996).
“His is a remarkable life, with simple beginnings. While fresh out of high school, he took a job as a salesman in an outdoor store in Ohio. For the next eight years, he had the chance to see and use every new hook, line and sinker that was introduced to the market,” wrote Jay Cassell in an OWAA Legends piece he wrote about Circle.