Wednesday, April 18, 2007

News in Brief

Anchorage Daily News

Hunter Den Lynn Keogh had to shoot three times to stop a crazed grizzly bear.

Hunter Lynn Keogh stood over the brown bear he had just shot and marveled at the animal. It was beautiful, the perfect spring pelt, a deep honey, fully-furred coat.

The bear had just barely woken up from its winter slumber when Keogh shot it as it emerged from a brushy den on the side of a snowy mountain in the Oshetna River valley between Glennallen and Talkeetna.

But as Keogh and his hunting partner approached and Keogh began pulling the dead bear clear of the winter den, the situation quickly turned from the perfect spring day hunt to a nightmare: From within the grizzly's winter hideaway, they heard the unmistakable deep growl of another bear.

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The Gainesville Sun

Leaping Sturgeon injures women on her personal watercraft.

A St. Petersburg woman suffered serious injuries late last month in what appears to be the first accident involving a jumping sturgeon along the Suwannee River this season, according to Karen Parker with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

"This is the first one this year that we're aware of," Parker said.

Sharon Touchton, 50, of St. Petersburg, was camping with a group of friends near the town of Suwannee, about 10 miles southwest of Old Town, on March 31.

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Crawford County Press Argus Courier

A not so smart man tried to rope a deer.

A friend of mine sent me this story. It is both an entertaining and educational. It illustrates how a seemingly mild-mannered, wild animal can be quite dangerous if threatened. The author has apparently chosen not to reveal his identity to protect what is left of his dignity.

I had this idea that I was going to rope a deer, put it in a stall, feed it up on corn for a couple of weeks, then kill it and eat it. The first step in this adventure was getting a deer.

I figured that since they congregated at my cattle feeder and did not seem to fear when we were there. A bold one will sometimes come right up and sniff at the bags of feed while I am in the back of the truck not four feet away. It shouldn't be difficult to rope one, get up to it and toss a bag over its head (to calm it down) then hog tie it to transport it home.

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