Sea lions sure have gotten uppity this year. First they ate so many migrating salmon at dams in western states that Oregon and Washington petitioned the federal government to allow them to kill up to 80 this year. Now sea lions have turned on the elderly.
A couple in their 60's was swimming off Venice Beach, California last week when a sea lion attacked them without provocation. The large ocean rat (Yes, I believe that’s technically correct) bit the woman on her leg. Her husband charged through the water to her aid only to have the seal rip into his hands, feet, and head. Lifeguard Captain Jeff Horn, who inspected the couple before calling emergency workers, said the lacerations looked “similar to what a dog bite would look like.”
Not only did they catch and kill a great white shark off Huntington Beach Pier in Orange County, California last week but they filmed and posted their actions on YouTube. This video, along with unidentified witness testimony, led California Department of Fish and Game officials to the perpetrators.
Jose Rivera can now add big game hunter to his list of official duties as a New York City housing worker. Last week the 48-year-old Rivera killed a three-foot-long rat with a pitchfork – yes, a pitchfork – while filling in a rat hole at Marcy Houses. Rivera told reporters, “I hit it one time and it was still moving. I hit it another time and that's when it died. I'm not scared of rats but I was scared of being bitten."
I’m not scared of rats either, but then I’ve never faced down a monster-sized rodent like this one with a pitchfork. Give me a handgun any day!
Apparently Rivera’s trophy isn’t the only trophy burrowing below this area of New York. Rivera said that two rats about the same size escaped his trusty pitchfork. Head of the Marcy Houses Tenant Association, Naomi Colon said that the giants have been on the premises for over six years. "The residents have told me that they've seen it running around with other rats. She [Rivera’s rat] lived with them. She ran into the same hole they ran in."
Ryan McCullough maybe the first angler in history to have a fish rat him out from a freezer. This bizarre case started innocently enough on July 25 when McCullough landed, what he thought was a trophy-sized brown trout, on Vermont’s White River. The fish measured 31.5 inches and weighed 9.5 pounds. McCullough was so happy with his catch that he had his picture taken with it before putting it in his freezer.
That picture ended up in The Randolph Herald where it caught the attention of Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife officials who immediately noticed that the fish wasn’t a brown trout but a rare Atlantic salmon.
Not just any salmon mind you but one of only two that F & W officials had planted with a radio transmitter for monitoring salmon in the White River. Officials immediately turned on their receiver and tracked the fish to McCullough’s freezer. McCullough was cited for taking a big game species and now faces a $1,500 fine as well as the suspension of his hunting and fishing license for three years. Ouch!
I thought it was the squirrel that flew, not the moose.
A recent news story about a head on collision between a car and a moose in the Tula region of Russia has led me into the world of Russian moose collision videos. Apparently running into a moose (I don’t think anybody ever runs OVER a moose; they’re too big) on the highway in Russia is about as common as clocking a deer in your truck here in the states.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the … woods?
Folks in the small town of Milton, New Hampshire are scratching their collective heads this week trying to make sense of a dead blue shark found just outside of town last Thursday. This find is strange for a number of reasons.
Not only is the blue shark not native to New Hampshire waters, but the town is a good 45-minute drive from any salt water (also, sharks don’t live on land or in the woods). All of this has led authorities to hypothesize that – get this – someone put the shark in the woods. Why didn’t I think of that?
We had some awesome captions these past three weeks but the time has come to pick the winners. Seventy-eight people commented on week one’s deer caption contest but the winner as chosen by our group experts came from captjim.
He wrote, “Is that "Ode de Estrogen" you’re wearing?” His comment was funny because … Well, look at the photo. Congratulations captjim, you’ve won a Kawasaki Trimmer. Special mention and runner up number one status goes to iwfeeney for being the one Outdoor Life reader who not only knew what a haikiu was but wrote one!
My home state of Texas was on fire a few months ago. Well, not the whole state; just a little over a million acres of it. Now that the flames are out, we’re contending with another problem – drought. How dry is it? Well, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center, 75 percent of the state is in "exceptional" drought. It’s so dry here in Texas that our lakes are weeping blood! OK, not actually “weeping blood” but some are turning blood red.
Great Britain’s The Sun newspaper reports that last week Chris Grimmer (left) landed the largest albino catfish ever (the paper cleverly nicknamed the monster Fin Kong). He caught the freak fish on the River Ebro in Spain. Who knew there was such a category? Albino catfish? Really?
Grimmer’s spooky cat was 8 feet long and weighed 194 pounds. Grimmer told reporters that his 30-minute fight with the fish “was like trying to reel in a bus. I could hardly walk afterwards, but it was worth it."
Brooklyn Park officers busted a band of pigeon eating poachers in Prospect Park last week. According to The Brooklyn Paper, a tribe of vagrants had been catching park animals only to grill them over an open fire – sometimes in front of park goers.
It is unclear how many individuals were involved in the park poaching clan but four tickets — two for killing wildlife and two for illegal fishing — totaling $2,100 in fines were issued on July 17 and 18 by park officers. It is believed that the vagrant poachers have caught and eaten fish, pigeons, ducks and squirrels from the park. The group is also being blamed for a number of geese and cygnets that were injured by baited fish hooks. One recovered goose, nicknamed “Beaky” by park goers, was missing the top half of his beak.