It’s the moment every dangerous game hunter dreads could happen … A charge.
A hunter in Sweden faced such a moment when a Eurasian boar flanked him from the left, according to the individual that posted the video. The hunter had barely enough time to register the charge let alone take aim. Fortunately the instinct of the hunter proved true and he stopped the charge literally at his feet.
This video comes from Garrett Brothers Outfitting and is a great example of just how strong black bears really are. The young bear scales a tree and then hangs on the rope for way longer than what we expect.
The quote at the end of the video says it all: "That was amazing, eh?"
A friend in New Hampshire, Mike Romano, emailed us this morning with a fascinating story and two intriguing photos. Here’s his tale:
“So Friday morning we woke up to several of our horse fences broken down and couldn't figure out what really happened to them until I saw the attached Saturday afternoon. I had 9 deer in my driveway on and off most of the day Saturday, but in the afternoon I saw they were on high alert, so I looked out my side window and saw this.”
During the course of a single week, three cougars were killed at a family ranch in northern Washington this month. The latest big cat was killed by 11-year-old Shelby White, who shot an emaciated lion that had been stalking her older brother near their home in Twisp, Wash.
Thomas White awoke at 2:30 a.m. to the barking of the family dog on Feb. 20, reports the Methow Valley News. White walked outside and discovered a cougar trying to enter an enclosure of cows and calves. Although he scared away the cougar without incident, the lion returned two hours later and White drove it off a second time.
South Florida Water Management District workers captured a Burmese python on Tuesday that measured an astronomical 18 ½ feet and weighed 150 pounds. The invasive species was basking on a levee about 30 miles west of the town of Krome, five miles north of the Tamiami Trail.
This, of course, is only the latest invasive monster to come from the Sunshine State. A recent study showed that the snakes have decimated portions of the Everglades by reducing the number of medium-sized mammals such as possums, bobcats, and raccoons by 99 percent. The reptiles are also fond of birds and larger animals such as deer and even alligators.
Mountain lion hunters in South Dakota now outnumber rifle deer hunters in the state’s famed Black Hills. The big cat hunters purchased more licenses and spent more days afield than deer hunters in the same area for a fraction of the success rate, reports the Rapid City Journal. As interest in hunting the elusive predator explodes, many dispute the best way to balance both deer and mountain lion populations.
An extensive survey conducted by South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks debriefed hunters on their 2013 mountain lion season. Last year South Dakota sold 4,351 licenses, nearly double the number of licenses issued during the state’s first season in 2005. As the Rapid City Journal points out, hunters purchased just 3,300 Black Hills rifle deer licenses.