Audit Report: Missouri Elk Cost $30,000 Per Animal by Alex Robinson
The Missouri state auditor's office released a study yesterday finding that the Show-Me state's elk restoration program has cost three times more than initially estimated. This boils down to about $30,000 per elk, according to the Associated Press. The study said the Missouri Department of Conservation spent about $1.2 million on employee salaries, equipment and habitat improvement. In June, the department
released 34 radio-collared elk in southern Missouri. The department says there are now 36 elk, including five calves and it has plans to introduce up to 150 elk over several years.
New Zealand beachgoers witnessed a raw display of nature earlier this week in the form of killer whales launching a prolonged attack on sharks in the surf zone. On at least one occasion a large shark beached itself in an apparent attempt to escape, only to be greeted by a barking dog (see video).
The incident occurred at Blue Cliffs Beach. Only one orca, a large male, is shown in the video report. But Clinton Duffy of the New Zealand Conservation Marine Institute explained in the report that several orcas, or killer whales, probably were involved. They might have been herding fish but orcas have been known to attack sharks in New Zealand waters, and this certainly is not the first time orcas have been documented attacking sharks.
Perhaps the most notable event was in 1997 off San Francisco, Calif., when an orca killed a 12-foot great white shark in what appeared to have been a one-sided battle. Video footage of that incident, released much later, went viral.st by http://www.petethomasoutdoors.com/
Wolf from Oregon is first to roam California in nearly 90 years
The cry of the wolf may now be heard in California for the first time in nearly 90 years, thanks to the presence of young gray wolf that entered state territory on Wednesday from Oregon. The 2 1/2-year-old male wolf, named OR7 by Oregon wildlife officials, had already gained
notoriety for a zig-zagging trek that spanned more than 700 miles from northeast Oregon, across the Cascades, to the southwestern part of the state. The California Department of Fish and Game announced Thursday that OR7 had entered Siskiyou County, just south of the Oregon border. He becomes the first known wild wolf to have
ranged in California since 1924, when the last verified gray wolf was killed by a trapper in Lassen County.
Golden retriever grooves to the strumming of a guitar (video)
Merry Christmas from The Rivermen!
Twas the night before Christmas when down by the stream
The full moon looked out on a chill winter scene.
A lone trout was sipping a midge in his brook
Untroubled by worries of fishers with hooks.
Then from above a small sleigh did appear
Pulled by a brace of eight tiny reindeer.
It swerved of a sudden and down it did glide,
Settling its runners along the streamside.
The fat, jolly driver dove into his sled And
emerged with his three weight held high over head.
"Thank you my elves for this wand smooth as silk.
This break will be better than cookies and milk."
Potential Record-Breaking Typical Taken in Illinois by Dave Hurteau
It's a crummy picture, I know. But it's all we have at the moment. The
details, too, are sketchy at best. Still, I thought it would give you all
something big to discuss and gawk at over the holiday. Field & Stream Contributing Editor Mark Hicks sent me this picture from his phone after calling to say a friend of a friend (possibly of a friend) recently took this colossus somewhere in Illinois. Word is it green-grosses 228 typical and could net out as the 3rd largest B&C typical ever.
Of course, none of that is confirmed at this stage, as Hicks follows the
developing story. But one look at this pick, crummy as it is, makes it clear that this certainly could be a very special buck.
The World’s most Expensive Rifle – $820K VO Falcon Edition
DNA shows bullet went through grizzly, killed hunter The Associated Press
Libby, Mont. • Officials in northwestern Montana say a shot fired at a grizzly bear as it attacked a Nevada hunter passed through the bear before striking and killing the hunter. The Western News reported that tests requested by the Department of the Interior found grizzly bear DNA on the .30.06 bullet that killed 39-year-old Steve Stevenson, of Winnemucca, Nev., on Sept. 16. Stevenson and 20-year-old Ty Bell, also of Winnemucca, were hunting near the Montana-Idaho border when Bell shot what he thought was a black bear.
The men tracked the bear into heavy cover, where the 400-pound animal attacked Stevenson. Bell fired several shots trying to kill the bear. Lincoln County Sheriff Roby Bowe called the shooting a “horribly tragic accident.”