Minnesota is home to more wolves than any other state in the Lower 48 and there has never been a documented wolf attack there. However, that is about to change.
Wildlife officials are investigating a reported wolf attack on a 16-year-old boy who was camping over the weekend in the Chippewa National Forest, according to the Pioneer Press. If the incident is confirmed by wildlife experts, it would be the first ever documented wolf attack in the Lower 48. There is only one case of a fatal wolf attack in Alaska and another in Canada.
On the evening of Aug. 23, campers said a wolf tore through a U.S. Forest Service campground, ripping into two tents and popping an air mattress. The 16-year-old boy (whose name has not been released) was sleeping outside of a tent when the wolf snuck up on him and bit him in the head. The boy kicked the wolf off of him, but not before he suffered puncture wounds to his head and face. He was treated for nonlife-threatening injuries at a hospital in Bemidji, Minn., according to the Pioneer Press.
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:
A young New Jersey man learned a painful lesson last week: snakes don’t need or desire help in their travels.
Nelson Drinkwater, 24, a self-described snake enthusiast and animal lover, spent multiple days hospitalized in serious condition after he was bitten by a timber rattlesnake he says he tried to help traverse a busy road. The Little Egg Harbor Township man said he pinned the snake to the ground with a stick and was bitten when he tried to grab it behind the head—just as he’s done with non-poisonous snakes he’s kept as pets.
Ben Bellows and Hugh George filed a class-action law suit against Newfoundland earlier this month because they think there are too many moose in the province.
Both men were badly injured and are restricted to wheelchairs after crashing into moose in 2010. And the two men are not alone, about 40 people have signed on to the class-action suit which calls for financial assistance for the injured motorists and cutting moose-vehicle collisions in Newfoundland by 50 percent in five years. According to the BBC, there are about 700 moose-vehicle accidents in Newfoundland each year.
There are about 125,000 moose in Newfoundland, which means there is approximately 1 moose for every four Newfoundland residents.
"The government has decided to bury its head in the sand about moose-vehicle collisions, which have us all terrified," lawyer Ches Crosbie told the Toronto Sun newspaper.
The Tampa Tribune has reported a story that describes the true bond between a man and his dog. Tom Martino was walking Lizabeth, his Jack Russell terrier, near the Hillsborough River in Florida when a six-foot four-inch alligator grabbed the dog.
Luckily Martino had a concealed and carry permit and started shooting at the water near the gator to scare it away. Martino was able to wrestle his dog away from the alligator.
As black bears continue to expand their range across the country, suburbanites are learning what it's like to live with the mischievous creatures. But the first introductions have not always been pleasant.
This week a family house cat was allegedly killed by a black bear in a suburb south of Orlando, according to local news site clickerlando.com.
"(A bear) killed my cat. My kids found (the cat) while they were playing football in this field. (The cat) was mutilated," Marjie Abed told the site.