As of this posting nine caribou hunters are being rescued from ice-locked Coats Island by the Canadian Coast Guard via the Icebreaker Pierre Radisson.
The nine caribou hunters left Coral Harbour in two 24-foot aluminum boats sometime last month. They were waiting out a week’s worth of bad weather when the island they were hunting became surrounded by ice. The group apparently tried to get through the ice Saturday but were unsuccessful. It was during this attempt that their satellite phone went dead. Fortunately the group was spotted by a Hercules aircraft on Sunday. Captain Jean Houde, with CFB Trenton, said the plane managed to drop a radio to communicate with them shortly after.
U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young of Florida has joined a handful of other Congressmen in calling on the Obama Administration to ban the interstate transport of Burmese pythons and other large, dangerous reptiles.
The idea is to keep Florida’s snake problem from spreading across state lines by making it a crime to transport live snakes. Unfortunately, it may be too late for this legislation to have much of an effect on the ongoing python invasion.
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:
It's starting to look like this mass death of critters is not exclusive to Arkansas. We've been seeing it in the Northeast as well as in Lousiana. Luckily, someone with a lot of time on their hands has created a google map with links to many similar stories. Check it out below!
Massive die offs of fish and birds in Arkansas have some folks wondering if the end is near in the Natural State.
While the random deaths of thousands of red-winged blackbirds near Beebe, Arkansas combined with the mysterious deaths of about 80,000 drum fish in the Arkansas River only days earlier, may seem like signs of the apocalypse, experts say not the worry, the two events were not related.
On New Year's Day Beebe residents woke up to thousands of dead birds laying on streets, yards and cars. The birds are being analyzed by scientists for toxins, but most experts agree that either a thunderstorm or fireworks killed the birds. The theory is that a large shock could have stunned the birds paralyzing them or confusing them.
Government officials announced on Sunday that B.P.'s Macondo oil well in the Gulf of Mexico is dead and no more oil is leaking into the ocean. The announcement came five months after the well exploded and about 205 million gallons of oil spilled into one of the best fishing regions in the United States.
"Today, we achieved an important milestone in our response to the BP oil spill – the final termination of the damaged well that sat deep under the Gulf of Mexico," President Barack Obama said in a statement over the weekend. "However, while we have seen a diminished need for our massive response that encompassed more than 40,000 people, 7,000 vessels and the coordination of dozens of federal, state and local agencies and other partners, we also remain committed to doing everything possible to make sure the Gulf Coast recovers fully from this disaster."
UPDATE: A mile-long sheen is now visible near the site of the oil rig explosion. The sheen is about 100 feet wide, but it is unknown how much oil has been leaked.
The Associated Press reports that another offshore oil platform has exploded in the Gulf of Mexico Thursday. The rig is about 100 miles off the coast of Louisiana and it's west of the Deepwater Horizon site.
Thirteen people were on the rig when it exploded, but no one was killed in the blast. One person was injured, but the extent of the injury is not known.
Officials also do not yet know what caused the explosion or if any oil is is leaking into the Gulf. The platform is located in 340 feet of water and is owned by Mariner Energy of Houston. According to the Department of Homeland Security, the platform was not producing oil and gas at the time of the explosion.