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  • Rare birds: Brown boobies right at home beneath Causeway

    10/26/2016 4:10:26 PM PDT · by BBell · 26 replies | The Times-Picayune ^ | 10/24/16 | Robert Rhoden, | The Times-Picayune
    Birds are familiar and welcomed sights along the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. Brown pelicans set their large wings and glide amazingly close to motorists on the bridge. And large, frenzied swarms of purple martins appear at each end of the bridge at sundown during certain times of the year. Now some rare birds have also decided to make the Causeway their home, although largely out of sight. Several groups of brown boobies, large brown-and-white, fish-eating sea birds commonly seen farther south in tropical waters, have taken up residence alongside and beneath the Causeway. Bridge General Manager Carlton Dufrechou said about nine...
  • First elk sighting in SC in nearly 300 years, biologists say

    10/26/2016 7:28:35 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 78 replies
    wyff4 ^ | 26 Oct 2016 | Ron Barnett
    Wactor said the young bull elk might return to North Carolina if there are no females where it is in Pickens County. Biologist said elk were eliminated from the southern Appalachian Mountains in the late 1700s due to over-hunting and loss of habitat. They said the species neared extinction across North American by 1900. is pretty cool see the mountain elk come home after 300 years missing in action.”
  • In the Land of Raw Firepower, a Feeling That Trump Is Out of Ammo

    10/25/2016 5:12:58 AM PDT · by rktman · 46 replies ^ | 10/23/2016 | M. Scott Mahaskey
    In another political universe where a different GOP nominee was leading in the polls, this three-day-long salute to the glories of the Second Amendment could have been an early celebration for gun rights supporters in anticipation of the victory of President Ted Cruz or President John Kasich. But with Donald J. Trump atop the GOP ticket, that’s not the way it felt at Knob Creek. In other parts of the nation, far beyond this former Army gun range halfway between Louisville and Fort Knox, Trump was shedding supporters faster than a Gatling gun spitting shell casings. And while regulars to...
  • 3 Tips for Great Hunting Etiquette

    10/24/2016 11:16:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies ^ | Oct 24th, 2016 | Spencer Durrant
    Utah's general deer season is in full swing, and with only six days left (the hunt ends Oct. 30), hunters who weren't successful on opening weekend will be pulling out all the stops to bag the trophy buck they've stalked for months. Sadly, the rush to fill the freezer with fresh venison can sometimes bring out the worst in some people. To help you have a great hunt this year, let's take a quick refresher course on hunting etiquette. Dump the guts Regardless of how you harvest your deer's meat (gutting or boning it out), it's common courtesy to do...
  • Japanese Climber Junko Tabei, First Woman To Conquer Mount Everest, Dies At 77

    10/22/2016 10:34:05 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 28 replies
    NPR ^ | 22 Oct 2016 | BILL CHAPPELL
    The expedition Tabei helped lead on Everest was made entirely of women (not including six Sherpas). She also helped find sponsorship — although in many cases, "We were told we should be raising children instead," she said in 2012. Tabei downplayed her achievement — "I was the 36th person to climb Everest," she told Sports Illustrated.
  • Pigeon Racer Fined $5,500 For Killing Hawks

    10/21/2016 7:08:55 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 42 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | October 19, 2016 | Edmund H. Mahony
    A pigeon racing enthusiast avoided jail Wednesday, but was fined $5,500 and ordered to volunteer in an animal shelter for killing federally protected hawks that were attacking pet birds he spent years raising in Stamford. The case against pigeon racer Thomas Kapusta was the first major prosecution in Connecticut under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Neither side got everything it wanted from the sentence that was imposed after debate about whether the lives of some creatures have more value than those of others.
  • Tarantula Mating Season Invades Stanford Dish

    10/18/2016 8:13:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 10/18 | Peggy Bunker
    Hikers at the popular Stanford Dish are spending more keeping their eyes down due to an influx of spiders in the area. The tarantula mating season is in full swing, with male arachnids on the prowl searching for mates. Wildlife experts said the tarantulas are harmless to humans, but warn the spiders do have fangs and carry poison. California's historic drought may have contributed to a higher number of the giant spiders this year. The tarantula mating season will end by the end of October.
  • 10,000 critically endangered ’scrotum frogs’ are found dead at Lake Titicaca*

    10/18/2016 1:12:44 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 61 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 18 October 2016 | Ryan O'Hare
    Wildlife officials in Peru are investigating the mass death of thousands of rare frogs near the Bolivian border. Locals estimate that the bodies of some 10,000 Titicaca water frogs have been found in Lake Titicaca and its adjoining rivers. The critically endangered amphibian, known as the ‘scrotum frog’ due to its unfortunate appearance, is believed to have been killed by polluted waters. Thousands of the large, wrinkly green frogs have been found floating on the surface of the Coata river in southern Peru in recent days, prompting the National Forestry and Wildlife Service (Serfor) to launch an investigation.
  • What Was the Biggest Insect That Ever Lived?

    10/18/2016 12:13:49 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 46 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 10/15/2016 | Liz Langley
    So when our friend Doug Rhodehamel wondered, “What’s the largest insect that ever lived?” Weird Animal Question of the Week went hunting for giants, past and present. We found some ancient behemoths, some lovely ones, and some that could pass for Halloween decorations. A Big Bug’s Life Imagine a dragonfly so big its wings could block your 27-inch TV screen. The largest insect fossils ever found are griffinflies and giant dragonflies, says Matthew Clapham, a paleobiologist at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Subtle anatomical differences separated the two groups. With wingspans that could reach 27 inches, the largest known...
  • Dakota Fred Hurt marries Jennifer Sheets, may be returning to Gold Rush?

    10/16/2016 2:14:56 PM PDT · by Eddie01 · 15 replies
    Starcasm ^ | August 7, 2016 | Asa Hawks
    We have some great news to report for old school fans of Gold Rush as former star Dakota Fred Hurt has married Jennifer Sheets, his Executive Assistant and cook for his mining crew! In attendance at the wedding was fellow Gold Rush star Tony Beets and his wife Minnie Beets. [snip] Dakota Fred and son Dustin Hurt announced back in February that they were looking for crew members to run “a swift water suction dredge gold mine high up in the mountains of S E Alaska,” and the job posting included the sentence: “You will also need to be happy...
  • New Season of Gold Rush kicked off Friday Night

    10/15/2016 3:09:54 PM PDT · by Eddie01 · 30 replies
    Ed's head ^ | 10/15/16 | Eddie01
    Thread for Gold Rush fans
  • Japanese Surfers Risk Their Lives to Surf Near the Fukushima Nuclear Zone

    10/14/2016 10:33:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    NEXTSHARK ^ | October 13, 2016
    Japanese surfers are fearlessly catching waves at the radioactive beach near the site of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Despite warnings of radioactivity in the area, surfers still visit Tairatoyoma beach, once a popular surf spot. While documenting decontamination efforts in the abandoned towns, photographer Eric Lafforgue, sighted the surfers in the water. “Very few people have returned to this area and I could not have imagined finding them here. According to them, this place is one of the best in Japan to surf as the waves are big and very good to surf.” Towns and houses within the red exclusion...
  • Beretta Celebrates 500 Years of Firearm Manufacturing

    10/14/2016 10:38:14 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 14, 2016 | Awr Hawkins
    The October 2016 edition of Maxim celebrates Beretta’s 500th year of firearm manufacturing. Known among twenty-first century hunters for its shotguns and among concealed carry permit holders for its compact, potent pistols like the PX4 Storm, the Italian gun maker has a rich heritage that includes “crafting guns for everyone from Napoleon and Winston Churchill to Ernest Hemingway and James Bond.”
  • Jumping spiders can hear sounds from 10 feet away

    10/14/2016 6:16:48 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 59 replies
    UPI ^ | 13 Oct 2016 | Brooks Hays
    Further testing showed jumping spiders are best able to hear frequencies similar to those created by the beating wings of parasitoid wasp enemies.
  • Breaking News: Bigfoot Hunting is Legal in Texas, But Not in California!

    10/12/2016 11:40:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Elk Grove News ^ | October 12, 2016 | Dan Bacher
    Let's take a break from the presidential debates and non-stop media coverage of the November 2016 election and deal with a particularly urgent matter — whether or it’s legal or not to hunt for the elusive Bigfoot. Don’t try Bigfoot hunting in California – it could result in your arrest and conviction, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). On May 11, 2012, the CDFW issued a statement in response to media reports about a Texas wildlife official proclaiming that bigfoot hunting is legal in the long horn state. “The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department says that...
  • Bill Gates Says Mosquitoes Scare Him More Than Sharks

    10/11/2016 10:25:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    CNET ^ | October 11, 2016 | Gael Fashingbauer Cooper
    The Microsoft billionaire would rather cuddle with Jaws than wander outside into a cloud of skeeters.Sharks seem so frightening, with their giant mouths full of gleaming teeth. We're convinced they're going to leap out of nowhere and make us lunch, even if we never get within 100 miles of an ocean. But Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates wrote in a recent blog post that it's not sharks that scare him, but a creature that's a whole lot tinier and which at first glance may seem a whole lot less threatening -- the mosquito. In a post that went up on his...
  • Man Hand Feeds Bluegill to Wild Water Moccasin

    10/10/2016 7:57:04 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 56 replies ^ | 10/10/16 | Liveleak
    This video freaks me out. Insane. Can't fix stupid.Video Here.
  • Bald Eagle Rescued From Car Grille After Matthew Passes

    10/10/2016 7:55:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | Sun October 9, 2016 | Andreas Preuss
    In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew's path through Florida, it may have been the oddest call to 911 operators: a bald eagle had gotten stuck in the grille of a car. A posting on the Clay County Sheriff's Office Facebook page Saturday reported the odd emergency request from a driver in the area near Jacksonville. Pictures showed the national bird of the United States stuck in the precarious position. Clay County officials said the bird was pulled out and turned over to an organization in nearby Talbot Island, Florida, called B.E.A.K.S. -- Bird Emergency Aid and Kare Santuary.
  • Was The 'Circle Of Fire' In The Sky Over Jerusalem Just Before Rosh Hashanah Real Or Fake

    10/09/2016 7:20:19 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 33 replies ^ | 7OCT2016 | Michael Snyder
    At first I thought that this was fake, but now I don’t know what to think. On October 1st, a video was posted to YouTube that claimed to show a very strange “circle of fire” in the clouds that seemed to respond to the blowing of the shofars in the city of Jerusalem below. When this video came out, many immediately dismissed it as a fake because it is only 20 seconds long and because computer-generated graphics can produce these kinds of effects. If you have not seen the video yet, you can see it right here… Since so many...
  • Instrumental & Our Pets

    10/08/2016 5:12:12 PM PDT · by Revski · 9 replies
    YouTube Ministry (o7jimmy) - Revski ^ | 10/08/2016 | Revski (o7jimmy)
    Instrumental, with the hymns; Jesus Loves Me, Till We Meet Again, with sing along lyrics. This video was arranged with our pets, my wife & scenic animation.
  • Occasional birdy thread (In Memory of SWAMPSNIPER)

    10/08/2016 3:15:19 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 73 replies
    Photos | Oct 8, 2016 | Me
    How about a little sanity break from the politics and mayhem? Blue jay Crested caracara Cormorants hanging out at the pier
  • It's The End Of The Fringed-Limbed Tree Frog Species When 'Toughie' Died

    10/08/2016 12:41:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    Science World Report ^ | 10/7/16 | Elaine Hannah
    The handsome yet loneliest frog, the fringed-limbed tree frog, is dead, which signifies the end of this species. Toughie was the name of the last known member of a fringe-limbed tree frog species that won the hearts of movie directors and racing car drivers. Advertisement Huffington Post reported that Toughie was found dead on September 26 at its home at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. He had inhabited there since 2005. The National Geographic said that Toughie was a symbol of the extinction crisis. Mark Mandica, who worked with the amphibian and whose young son named the frog said that Toughie's...
  • Fears for a huge flock of migrating birds which has been caught INSIDE the eye (Shortened)

    10/07/2016 9:41:38 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 54 replies ^ | October 7, 2016 | Chris Summers
    Fears are growing for a huge flock of birds which are believed to be trapped inside the eye of Hurricane Matthew. Pointing to a small green dot on a radar picture of the hurricane, Glenn Burns, a weather forecaster with Atlanta-based WSB-TV, said: 'We are actually seeing something very unusual.
  • Bigfoot Spotted Lurking Under Bald Eagle Nest

    10/06/2016 2:54:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 97 replies
    CNET ^ | October 6, 2016 | Eric Mack
    A webcam trained on a nest of eagle chicks in the woods of Michigan also catches a glimpse of something else in the wild.Bigfoot, that mysteriously unkempt and anti-social gentlemen of the woodlands, has again made an appearance on camera in his trademark blurry yet intriguing style. This time the legendary cryptid has apparently been captured on the CarbonTV Eagle Cam in northern Michigan. The live webcam is trained on a bald eagle nest 100 feet (30 meters) above the ground near the Platte River State Fish Hatchery. As you can see in the video above, a dark lumbering figure...
  • Brock Yates 1933–2016 (Car and Driver, Cannonball Run)

    10/06/2016 10:56:18 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    Car and Driver ^ | October 6, 2016 | Don Sherman
    Brock Yates, Car and Driver’s Assassin, lost his long battle with Alzheimer’s on October 5, 2016. We take solace in the words he crafted for this publication, his screenplays, and his books, a legacy that long ago became permanent and prominent chapters of the American legend... Yates joined Car and Driver in 1964, as managing editor—although he claimed no experience in either managing or editing... Yates created the Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash in 1971, a coast-to-coast public road race...
  • Ex-Mountie Accused of Smuggling Narwhal Tusks Pleads Guilty

    10/06/2016 10:27:45 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    ABC News ^ | Sep 28, 2016
    A retired Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer accused of smuggling narwhal tusks across the border pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to 10 money-laundering counts. Gregory Logan, 59, of St. John, New Brunswick, smuggled 250 tusks valued at $1.5 million to $3 million into Maine in false compartments in his vehicle, prosecutors said. Narwhals are medium-sized whales known for spiral tusks that can grow longer than 8 feet. They are protected by the U.S. and Canada.
  • Forget the wetsuit, scientists say donning a fur-like 'Beaversuit' could keep you warm in the water

    10/05/2016 9:18:30 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies ^ | Stacy Liberatore
    Traditional wetsuits are usually designed with a foamed neoprene, a stretchy synthetic rubber material, which can come in different thicknesses - the thicker the neoprene is, the warmer the suit will be. However, while visiting Taiwan, Hosio and her team met with sporting goods makers who were interested in wetsuits with sustainability and asked about 'a bioinspired solution'. 'Surfers, who go in and out of the water, want to be nimble and shed water as quickly as possible when out of the water, but retain the thermal management properties to stay warm when they are submerged,' she said. And upon...
  • Autumn Day Peaceful River

    10/04/2016 4:23:56 PM PDT · by Revski · 2 replies
    YouTube Ministry (o7jimmy) - Revski ^ | 10/4/16 | Revski (o7jimmy)
    Back yard with my wife, pets and few hymns; Rock of Ages, Till We Meet Again, with scenic views and lyrics.
  • Video: Great White Moose Captured on Video

    10/04/2016 2:59:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Captured in this video, the great white moose, the most majestic creature you’ve ever seen. We’ve seen our fair share of odd-colored animals, including a blue lobster and blue lingcod, but this all white, albino moose might take the cake. Check it out . . . even the velvet on the growing antlers is snow white! This majestic looking moose is basically equivalent to an Alaskan unicorn, and the fact that human population is so small in Alaska, makes this footage even more rare. This is a good reason why you should always have a camera on hand anytime you’re...
  • Video: Hunter Scares Off Charging Bear

    10/04/2016 2:14:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    OutdoorHub ^ | 10/3/16
    We just saw the aftermath of a bear attack, so here’s a video showing a hunter scaring off a charging bear. Hunter Franz Albrecht was waiting for a bear to arrive when he got much more than he bargained for. He spots a full-grown sow come running toward the ridge on which he’s hunting, when suddenly two small cubs come trotting into the scene. This is about the worst situation for a hunter. Franz keeps his eye on the bear when it turns on a dime and starts rushing right at him. Instinctively, Franz stands his ground and begins yelling...
  • Carson Wentz Bags ‘Bye Week Buck’

    10/04/2016 1:30:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    OutdoorHub ^ | 10/4/16
    What do NFL quarterbacks do on their bye weeks? If you’re Carson Wentz, you go out and bag yourself a “bye week buck.” If you haven’t been keeping track, Carson Wentz is really good at football, and he’s an avid outdoorsman, too. Rookie quarterback Carson Wentz is off to an incredible start in his debut NFL season. He has lead the Philadelphia Eagles to a 3-0 start and (knock on wood) has yet to throw an interception thus far. He’s a bright, young talent and is making an early bid for the NFL Rookie of the Year. On many occasions,...
  • Jim’s Fearless 2016 MLB Playoff Predictions

    10/04/2016 11:53:19 AM PDT · by Jim 0216 · 111 replies
    ALWild Card (TBS): Toronto over the Orioles NL Wild Card (ESPN): San Francisco over the Mets ALDS (TBS): Toronto over Texas ALDS (TBS): Boston over Cleveland NLDS (FS1): Washington over the Dodgers NLDS (FS1): Cubbies over San Francisco (go Giants!) ALCS (TBS): Boston over Toronto NLCS (Fox/FS1): Cubbies over Washington World Series (Fox): Cubbies over Boston Note: look for the whole spreadsheet and stats to be up soon on my new website under construction

    10/03/2016 6:30:00 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 33 replies
    Wide Open Spaces ^ | 10/3/16 | Jessee Males
    he footage of this albino bull moose is as rare as wildlife footage gets. Since Alaska’s human population is extremely low, an encounters with albino bull moose almost never happen. This rare footage shows what looks like a respectable bull moose still wearing it’s velvety antlers. I Love Alaska originally shared the video on their Facebook page and received a lot of positive feedback. One person commented, “WOW it’s like our own Alaskan unicorn!!” Watch the video below to see this amazing animal for yourself.Video:
  • Bear Had So Much Fun Mauling Hiker She Did It Twice

    10/03/2016 2:01:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 3, 2016 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    A man on a hike in southwest Montana survived two consecutive grizzly bear attacks and drove himself nearly 20 miles to a hospital after capturing his gruesome wounds on camera. Todd Orr, of Bozeman, posted bloody photos and a breathless video recapping the attacks on Saturday, when he was on a hike scouting for elk in Madison Valley. “Yeah, life sucks in bear country,” Orr said in a video viewed more than 20 million times. “Just had a grizzly with two cubs come at me from about 80 yards.
  • The Smog-Sucking Tower Has Arrived in China. But Can It Stay There?

    10/03/2016 6:08:34 AM PDT · by tekrat · 15 replies
    Motherboard @ ^ | 9/30/2016 | JAMIE FULLERTON
    Daan Roosegaarde reached into the pocket of his suit jacket, pulled out a plastic bag filled with black powder, and waved it around. “This is Beijing smog,” Roosegaarde said, before gesturing to the seven-metre tall, gently humming metal tower we are stood next to in the Chinese capital’s art district, 798. “We collected it from the tower yesterday. Incredibly disgusting.” Dutch designer Roosegaarde’s smog souvenir may be disgusting, but it’s the byproduct of an invention that he has touted as a potential alleviator of China’s pollution problems. His “smog-free tower” sucks air, filters it with ion technology, with Roosegaarde having...
  • Missouri Hunter Shoots 36-Point Buck of a Lifetime

    10/02/2016 1:33:27 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 83 replies
    OutdoorHub ^ | 9/30/16
    Darrell Collison, of Charity, Missouri, may have already shot the biggest buck in the state this year. Just 3 days into the bow-hunting season, Darrell has bagged himself a buck that is making waves in the hunting world. The buck was green scored at 153 typical and non-typical 220 4/8 gross and 208 1/8 net with 29 points, however, the Dallas County game warden later came up with 36 points. The pictures of this buck will send chills down your spine, don’t believe us? Check them out:
  • Illegal tire tracks mar Death Valley dry lake famous for mysterious moving rocks

    10/01/2016 6:28:29 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 41 replies
    Review Journal ^ | September 21, 2016
    The National Park Service is trying to track down a motorist who defaced a remote dry lake bed in Death Valley National Park famous for its mysterious moving stones. Despite its name, Racetrack Playa is strictly off-limits to motor vehicles. But that didn’t stop an unidentified park visitor from taking an illegal joyride across the lake bed, leaving behind about 10 miles of looping tire tracks that could scar the landscape for years.
  • Beretta Displays New CSASS in 7.62mm

    09/30/2016 11:35:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies ^ | September 29, 2016 | Matthew Cox
    Beretta had its version of a compact semi-automatic sniper rifle on display at Modern Day Marine 2016. The ARX200, chambered for 7.62mm NATO, is the rifle Beretta was designing for the U.S. Army’s Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System competition awhile back.
  • iPhone 7 Goes For Scuba Diving Test, Records 4K Underwater [Video] (and Apple Watch)

    09/30/2016 10:18:08 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 4 replies
    RedondPie ^ | September 29th, 2016 | By Oliver Haslam
    Apple’s iPhone 7 is claimed to be IP67 rated, making it suitable for water resistance at a depth of 1m for up to thirty minutes. That’s great if you happen to drop your iPhone in the bath, or for some reason, feel the need to reply to emails in the shower, but there will always be someone who takes things a little bit further.Perhaps too far, in fact, but it usually makes for great entertainment when they do. So when we heard about one YouTube taking an iPhone 7 for scuba diving, our ears pricked up.The hugely unscientific water resistance...
  • Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2016

    09/30/2016 9:41:01 AM PDT · by GSWarrior · 10 replies
    This weekend will be spent listening to fantastic musicians in an outdoor setting. And it's all free. Today's agenda includes folk rocking sisters SHEL from Colorado, singer/songwriter Valerie June, Dry Branch Fire Squad, others. For Saturday and Sunday Kris Kristofferson, the Mekons, Vince Gill and the Time Jumpers, Wynonna, John Doe, Hayes Carll all look like good choices. So much to choose from. 2016 Festival Schedule here
  • Bradenton man trying to solve lionfish overpopulation problem with glock-fishing

    09/29/2016 10:35:12 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 20 replies ^ | : September 26, 2016, | Lila Gross
    TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — One Bradenton man is trying to get rid of the overpopulated lionfish in an unconventional way, by glock-fishing underwater. This means shooting lionfish underwater with a glock pistol. Courtland Hunt said he taped his experience to raise awareness about the lionfish’s harmful overpopulation. FWC spokesperson, Amanda Nalley, said the FWC is aware of the video and the agency encourages people to remove lionfish, but not with firearms.
  • The Poachers turned Gamekeepers: Kenyan Tribesmen Swap their Spears for GPS Trackers to help ....

    09/28/2016 4:39:11 PM PDT · by Cecily · 2 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | September 28, 2016
    Their ancestors would hunt lions on the African plains in revenge attacks for killing their livestock. But now young men from the Maasai heartland in southern Kenya are swapping their spears for GPS equipment in a bid to protect the endangered big cats as part of a conservation scheme. The tribesmen, dressed in traditional clothing, set out most days to track the lions, giving the co-ordinates of their locations to conservation charities.
  • Some 400 climbers may still be on erupting Indonesia volcano: officials

    09/28/2016 8:53:49 AM PDT · by JimSEA · 29 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 9/28/2016 | Staf
    JAKARTA – At least 389 climbers, including 333 foreigners, might be still on a volcano near the Indonesian resort island of Bali that had erupted Tuesday afternoon, government officials said. Mount Barujari on Lombok Island, which is located east of Bali, erupted at 3 p.m. local time Tuesday, spewing volcanic ash as high as 2 km into the air. The eruption forced the Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation to raise the status of the volcano, which is located inside the caldera of bigger Mount Rinjani, to Level 2. Level 4 is the highest alert. The volcanology agency also...
  • Maryland Weighing Ban on Spear Hunting, New Air Gun Regulations

    09/28/2016 8:31:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 27, 2016 | Awr hawkins
    Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources is pushing a prohibition on hunting “big game” with spears, as well as new regulations on the use of air guns to hunt deer.
  • Video: Man Attacked by Black Bear He Thought Was Down

    09/27/2016 7:16:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 51 replies
    OutdoorHub ^ | 9/27/16
    We might be stating the obvious here: You should always approach an animal with caution after it has been shot, especially a ticked-off black bear. In all fairness, who would think a bear could survive a fall out of a tree that high after being shot three times? But regardless, this young man learned the hard way . . . never jump the gun too fast after shooting a bear. Bears will often let out what is known as a death moan as the animal is taking its last breaths, so it’s a good idea to wait for that signal...
  • 550-Acre Fire in Santa Cruz Mountains Prompts Evacuations, Threatens 300 Structures

    09/26/2016 9:00:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | September 26, 2016 | Kristofer Noceda and Riya Bhattacharjee
    Cal Fire crews aggressively responded to a fast-moving vegetation fire burning on the Loma Prieta ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains, which prompted evacuations, destroyed one structure and charred at least 550 acres, with the potential to burn 1,000 acres by Monday night, fire officials said. At least 300 structures are threatened by the fire, which is in proximity to television towers. Evacuations are in effect along Summit, Mount Madonna and Croy Ridge roads. About 300 people have evacuated the area, Cal Fire said. Santa Clara County residents described seeing a plume of smoke resembling a volcano from their homes...
  • Motorist escapes injury in car versus couch collision on Interstate 86 near Pocatello airport

    09/26/2016 7:29:37 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Idaho State Journal ^ | August 6, 2016 | Journal Staff
    No one was hurt in a car versus couch wreck on Interstate 86 near Pocatello Regional Airport on Saturday night. The incident occurred around 9:30 p.m. when a motorist heading east on the interstate collided with a large couch that was sitting in the roadway. State police said fortunately the motorist was not injured but the car suffered heavy damage and was towed from the scene. Other vehicles struck debris from the couch after the initial impact but were not seriously damaged. An Idaho Transportation Department crew was called in to remove the couch from the interstate following the wreck....
  • Man records rattlesnakes fighting for dominance on his patio

    09/24/2016 4:16:52 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 74 replies
    ABC15 ^ | September 22, 2016 | Joe Bartels
    RIO VERDE, AZ - It was an epic battle between two rattlesnakes and it was all caught on camera. The wrestling match went down Wednesday night, in the backyard of a home near Dynamite and Pima. Bryan Detwiler says his patio became a ring-side seat.
  • Ig Nobel Win for Alpine 'Goat Man'

    09/23/2016 2:50:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    BBC ^ | 23 September 2016 | Jonathan Amos
    A British man who lived in the Alps as a goat for three days has won one of this year's Ig Nobel prizes. Tom Thwaites had special prostheses made so he could walk like an animal. The spoof awards, which are not quite as famous as the real Nobels, were handed out during their annual ceremony at Harvard University, US. Other studies honoured during the event examined the personalities of rocks, and how the world looks when you bend over and view it through your legs On the surface, all the celebrated research sounds a bit daft, but a lot...
  • Video: Underwater Glock-Fishing For Lionfish

    09/23/2016 1:11:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    OutdoorHub ^ | 9/22/16
    Lionfish are an invasive species doing a lot of harm to underwater ecosystems. They’re basically the feral pigs of oceans reefs. This underwater Glock-fishing video was originally made to see if this group of guys could shoot a Glock underwater, and once they realized it was possible, it developed into much more. With no known predator, the lionfish has been eradicating baitfish all across the ocean. These guys do their part in slowing the lionfish devastation by bringing their Glocks underwater with them and firing away. The guns had to have a few modifications done to them, and then they...