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The Obama Administration okays gray wolf status.
The Wisconsin DNR released a report yesterday, announcing that a cougar had been caught on camera during its evening stroll in Buffalo County. Though cougar tracks were confirmed in the area of the sighting, the hard soil made it impossible to trail the animal.
Since 2008, there have been six other unique feline visitors to the state, according to hair, blood and scat samples taken by the DNR. Unfortunately, this feline out-foxed DNR officials, leaving no DNA sample to allow them to determine if it was a new individual. [ Read Full Post ]
Wolf hunting seasons have been opened in the West and are scheduled to open in the Midwest this fall. But hunter success rates are painfully low. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation conducted a survey polling 710 wolf hunters from last season and of all the respondents, only 7 percent killed a wolf during the Idaho and Montana hunts.
What's even more interesting is that 20 percent of the successful hunters said their kill was because of a coincidental encounter.
Here's what those guinea-pig wolf hunters learned during their first season. Use their advice when you go on a wolf hunt of your own this fall. [ Read Full Post ]
Check out this story from Alaska about a woman fending off a small grizzly bear that stalked her party on a hiking trail. Among that party of three was a dog – a husky – that snapped, growled and barked at the bear. While the story says it added to the chaos of the situation, it also probably helped add some teeth to the girl’s side of the fight.
We all like to think that our dog would fight to the death to defend us, but that might or might not be the case. While this husky was baring its teeth, it was also standing behind its owner. The owner might have taken the lead and stepped in front of the animal or it might have naturally gravitated behind her, snapping as the bear came close. [ Read Full Post ]
Lakewood, Washington resident Michaela Lee was savagely attacked by a gaze of raccoons Monday afternoon whilst jogging with her dog near Fort Steilacoom Park. Lee told KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reporter Kevin McCarty that the attack came after her dog got away from her and apparently confronted a nursery of coons. Lee said, "Three other raccoons charged me. They came out of the grass and they were just biting and scratching my legs.” [ Read Full Post ]
Think your hunting season has to wait untill the fall? Think again.
Private land wolf hunts continue in Idaho despite the regular season ending Sunday, July 1. Idaho Fish and Game spokesman Niels Nokkentved told the Great Falls Tribune that anyone wanting to hunt wolves this summer must have a permit ($11.50 for residents and $31.75 for nonresidents) and landowner permission in advance.
Results of the 2011-2012 season have hunters in Idaho taking 255 wolves and trappers taking another 124. Private land hunts will continue through the summer with the regular season starting up again on August 30 with trapping starting on November 15. [ Read Full Post ]
Another sign of the forthcoming animal apocalypse has reared its ugly head. Or rather thousands of heads. Last month we ran a blog about all the weird creatures slowly infesting our woods, rivers, and seas. Today comes news that the southern Utah town of Parowan has been overrun with what many are calling a plague of prairie dogs. [ Read Full Post ]
For more than 50 years, Outdoor Life encouraged its readers to take the conservation and sportsman’s pledge. The goal of the pledge was simple: to have American hunters and fishermen commit to the ideals of wildlife conservation and the principles of fair chase, and for them to advocate for the rights of sportsmen. Thousands of Americans from all walks of life, up to and including U.S. presidents, took the pledge. None have been more significant than the groups of youngsters who have attended the West Virginia State Conservation Camp. Since the pledge’s introduction they have recited its words at the end of each day at camp. [ Read Full Post ]