An Iowa hunter who shot what he believed was a coyote back in February actually shot the first gray wolf to be seen in the state in 89 years, according to the state's Department of Natural Resources. Just released DNA testing confirms that the animal was indeed Canis lupus.
Iowa’s DNR first received reports of wolf sightings in 2012 but none were confirmed. This recent shooting proves that they are indeed in the state.
Two Alabama anglers hooked into some major trouble when they were busted for potentially cheating in a fishing tournament.
Robert Gillaspie and Gary Lee Minor Jr. stand accused of catching bass prior to the last week’s Owls Fishing Tournament and then claiming they caught last Tuesday and Thursday evening. Information about the cheating came via an anonymous tip.
The Western Australian government killed 50 of the 172 sharks it caught in the past three months as part of culling program aimed to reduce the number of shark attacks on humans. The $20 million shark mitigation policy, which ended last week, required the killing of tiger, bull and great white sharks measuring more than 10 feet. None of the sharks killed thus far have been great whites. All of the 50 that were killed were tiger sharks with one specimen measuring 14.8 feet. Fourteen sharks that measured under 10 feet were found on the drum line dead. Four sharks that were considered too weak to survive were killed.
This policy has attracted worldwide attention from activists who felt the policy was too barbaric. Among those to publicly condemn the policy were comedian Ricky Gervais (who also blasted hunting show host Melissa Bachman last year for legally taking a lion in South Africa) and Lesley Rochat, who made waves by protesting the cull by swimming naked with sharks and being photographed nude while suspended from a fake drum line. Below is another one of Lesley's swimming-with-shark stunts.
Warning: Video contains graphic language and images.
A group of Sarasota, Fla., anglers delivered dozens of hammerhead shark pups after discovering that the 12-footer they caught from the beach was pregnant. The big female hammerhead had apparently died after being attacked by another shark during the 2 1/2-hour battle. Click here to check out the full video.
When Ms. Foils’s two bulldogs heard – or smelled, who knows – a black bear in their New Hampshire neighbor’s yard, they broke through a plank fence to confront the bird feeder mooch. The bear, even though he was much bigger than the dogs, fled the scene.
Angler Angus James was fishing in Australia’s northern Queensland when he hooked into a good-sized jungle perch. When Mr. James went to remove the lure from the perch’s mouth, he noticed a live green tree frog staring back at him.
Just a few days ago the Dartman crew posted a video of a 1,860-yard shot that hit its mark (there are 1,760 yards in a mile if you were wondering). Two shooters — one with a .300 Win. Mag and another with a .338 Lapua — fire simultaneously and take down the ultra long-distance dog.
The Boone and Crockett Club has officially named an Alaskan grizzly taken in 2013 as the largest of its kind ever taken by a hunter.
Larry Fitzgerald took the huge bruin near his home in Fairbanks, which Richard Hale, the chairman of the Boone and Crockett Club's Records of North American Big Game committee, thinks is a pretty odd place to take an animal of that size.