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  • August 27, 2013

    Wolf Attack on Teenager in Minnesota is Under Investigation-3

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    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.

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  • September 11, 2012

    Icebreaker Used to Rescue Trapped Caribou Hunters-2

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    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.

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  • June 12, 2012

    Aussie Surfer Swims into Shark-Infested Waters to Save his Friend-1

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    What does it take to paddle into shark-infested waters to help a wounded friend? Ask Australian surfer Aaron “Noddy” Wallis.

    Wallis had been surfing only 10 minutes with his buddy Dave Pearson, 47, when Pearson was attacked. The shark tore the flesh from Pearson’s right arm and left him with deep cuts on his forehead. Despite Wallis’s survival instinct, it only took him a moment to decide to paddle into the deadly waters.

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  • December 20, 2011

    Federal Bill to Control Snake Problem in Florida-31

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    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.

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  • December 8, 2011

    Help Us Pick The Prize for Our Next Caption Contest!-9

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    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:

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  • July 29, 2011

    Overreaction or Common Sense: Canada Mandates Bear Spray in Banff National Park-6

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    With bear attacks making headlines since the beginning of summer, Parks Canada officials have decided to not take any chances. They recently made a law that requires Banff hikers to travel in a group of four or more and one group member must be armed with bear spray. The law is only being enforced on the Lake Minnewanka Trail, a popular hiking trail that cuts right through grizzly country, but the maximum fine for not complying is $25,000.

    There were bear attacks on this trail in 2001 and 2005 and a female and her 13-year-old son were almost attacked by a mother grizzly earlier this summer.

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  • June 30, 2011

    NJ Man Tries to Help Rattlesnake Across Road, Gets Bitten-15

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    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.

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  • November 17, 2010

    Bear Victim Sues Guide, Church Group-21

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    As hunters, we have to accept that there is a certain amount of inherent risk involved our sport. After all, we're dealing with mother nature, and she can be as powerful as she is unpredictable.

    Most hunters get this. Most of us understand that when we go afield we alone are responsible for our actions and their given consequences. But this isn't always the case.

    Virgil Massey, of Barstow, California, is suing a Montana guide and a church group following a tragic hunt he went on in 2007 -- during the hunt he was mauled by a grizzly and lost his eye.

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  • November 11, 2010

    Mountain Lion Sighting in Delaware-3

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    For years mountain lions have been popping up in the Midwest and Northeast outside of their normal home ranges. Now police are investigating a lion sighting in Pike Creek, Delaware, which is located just 41 miles southwest of Philadelphia.

    A 45-year-old man was walking his dog just after midnight on Wednesday when he spotted a cougar watching him from beneath a tree. The man's dog began acting strangely and tried to pull him toward a nearby wooded area. That's when the man spotted the lion, according to msn.com.

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  • October 19, 2010

    Mountain Goat Kills Hiker-4

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    Robert Boardman, 63, was hiking with his wife and friend in Olympic National Park on Monday when he was attacked and killed by a mountain goat. The trio was hiking up a popular switchback trail and decided to stop for lunch when the goat approached them and started acting aggressively.

    Boardman tried to scare the goat off, but instead of running away, it charged him goring him badly in the leg. More hikers came to try to help Boardman, but the goat stood over the man's body and wouldn't let any other hikers come to his aid.

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