Democrats Have Second Amendment Rights In Their Crosshairs!

June 24th, 2016

The mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando has led to a revival of the debate over assault weapons, but journalist Evan Osnos says the real growth in gun ownership is from small, concealed handguns.

“Something really profound has changed in the way that we use guns,” Osnos tellsFresh Air‘s Terry Gross. “Concealed carry, as it’s known, is now legal in all 50 states.”

Osnos, who writes about the evolution of concealed carry in the current issue of The New Yorker, estimates that there are about 13 million people who are licensed to carry a concealed gun in the United States — more than 12 times the number of police officers and detectives in America.

He says that gun manufacturers market a “concealed-carry lifestyle,” which uses fear to sell guns.

“If you are somebody who is considering buying a gun, or you’ve become part of this phenomenon of carrying a gun in daily life, you are constantly being reminded of ways in which you could encounter a threat,” he says.

The concealed-carry movement is central to the gun-rights platform of organizations like the National Rifle Association, Osnos adds.

“The idea that you should be allowed, legally and constitutionally, to carry a gun almost anywhere … is actually sort of the heart of what the gun rights movement believes is the future,” he says.

Democrats in Congress are staging a “sit-in” demanding that Republicans allow a vote on limiting gun rights.  Actually this issue has been voted on, on 4 different occasions and has been turned down.

In most situations a policeman is at least 15 minutes away!  If you need help “pronto” a concealed weapon might be the difference between a good ending or just and “ending!”

Famous Grizzly’s New Cub Killed By “Hit And Run” In Yellowstone

June 20th, 2016

Grizzly 001Wildlife watchers and social media followers rejoiced last month when, at long last, a hulking female grizzly bear named No. 399 emerged from a longer-than-usual hibernation at Grand Teton National Park. Even better: Ambling beside her was a single, blond-faced cub.

There were two reasons for celebration. First, grizzly 399 was alive — a Wyoming hunter who had boasted of killing her months before had been bluffing. Second, the 20-year-old sow is, as a columnist for the Jackson Hole News and Guide put it, “the most famous living wild bear on Earth.” She has spawned 16 cubs, is a beloved “roadside bear” who’s easy for tourists to spot, has been the subject of a book and has a Twitter account. Even the hiker mauled by 399 and her cubs in 2007 pleaded for the grizzly’s life to be spared, and officials agreed.

And so great sorrow spread among the members of 399’s devoted fanbase on Monday morning when they learned that the bear’s cub had been killed overnight — by a car.

“The death of this cub is especially tragic since Grizzly 399 is nearing the end of her reproductive life,” Wyoming Wildlife Advocates wrote on its Facebook page. “399’s cub, known as Snowy or Spirit by the bear watchers of Grand Teton, was adored for its antics and notably white face and will be sorely missed.”

Deby Dixon, a wildlife photographer who recently wrote for Animalia about orphaned bison in Yellowstone, said she set out Monday morning to the spot on Pilgrim Creek Road where 399 can often be found. She hoped to take photos, but instead, she said, she happened upon what looked like an accident scene: The road was coned off, Dixon said, and members of the park’s volunteer Wildlife Brigade, which manages the roadside “wildlife jams” that occur when too many tourists stop to gawk at the animals, told her that the cub had become the victim of a hit-and-run.

Grizzly 399, Dixon said she was told, had dragged Snowy’s carcass to the side of the road.

Another “Animals Gone Wild” Attack!

June 18th, 2016

mountain lion 005A mother fought off a mountain lion that attacked her five-year-old son while he was playing with his older brother outside his home in western Colorado on Friday, the local sheriff said.

The unidentified boy’s mother heard screams and raced outside the house northwest of Aspen where she found the cougar on top of her son, the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office said.

The woman “was able to physically remove her son from the mountain lion” and the boy’s father called 911 as he drove his son to hospital, the sheriff added.

A hospital spokeswoman said the child sustained injuries to his face, head and neck and was in fair condition. His mother was treated for injuries to her hands and legs and released.

Sheriff’s deputies and a law enforcement officer from the U.S. Forest Service found the mountain lion in the front yard of the residence and put it down, the sheriff said.

Officials were searching for a second mountain lion after witnesses said two lions were seen in the area prior to the incident, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife department said.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill said there have been two, possible three, fatalities related to mountain lion attacks in the state since 1991, while some 16 people have been injured by cougars since 1970.

The last known attack in the state occurred in July 2015 when a young lion attacked a man as he fished in a remote area in northwest Colorado, the wildlife department said.

Alligator at Disney Pulls 2 Year Old From Beach

June 15th, 2016

Is it just me or does there seem to be a marked increase in wild animals attacking humans, and in many cases killing them? Bears, mountain lions, coyotes, wild dogs, and alligators have made headlines over this past year due to their aggressive behavior toward humans! Personally I believe it stems from “more” than encroachment into their domain, but the “fear factor” has been removed from many wild animals, due to activist efforts to curtail hunting or “culling” many species that overpopulate their habitat!

Sadly a  search is underway for a 2-year-old boy who was dragged by an alligator into the water Tuesday evening at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Orlando, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident happened around 9 p.m. and, despite the hours-long search for the boy, officials remain optimistic.

“We are very hopeful and hoping for the best,” Jeff Williamson of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said at a news conference this morning.

Orange County Sheriff’s Jerry Demings said rescue crews — including the Florida Fish and Wildlife, Reedy Creek Fire Rescue and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office – were actively looking for the child at the Seven Seas Lagoon early this morning in a search-and-recovery effort but had not found him.

Obtained by ABC News

The boy was with his family visiting from Nebraska relaxing at the shoreline when the alligator attacked the boy.

“The father entered the water and tried to grab the child from the gator, but was not successful,” Demings said.

Parents then alerted a nearby lifeguard that an alligator had attacked the boy.

Officials said they estimate it between 4 and 7 feet long.

There are no signs warning of gators in the area, but there are notices posted against swimming in the man-made lake.

“Everyone here at the Walt Disney World Resort is devastated by this tragic accident. Our thoughts are with the family. We are helping the family and doing everything we can to assist law enforcement.” Jacquee Wahler, vice president of Walt Disney World Resort, said in a statement.

Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

Rare “Spirit Bear” Cub Spotted In British Columbia!

June 14th, 2016

In 23 years of research in the mountains of southern British Columbia, bear expert Michael Allen had never seen anything like the rare black bear cub with the odd coloring spotted last week hanging out with its mother near the resort community of Whistler.

“I have seen cubs ranging [from] black, reddish-brown, chocolate-brown to blonde (after summer bleaching of coat) but never have seen in this population a cub with pelage this light to almost white,” Allen wrote in a bear-viewing report, according to CBC News.

Tour guide Kathy Jenkins first reported seeing the rare white or cream-colored cub with a known resident black bear on Monday and snapped some photos.

On Thursday, Arthur De Jong saw the adorable bear cub frolicking with its mother on Whistler-Blackcomb mountain. The environmental planning manager for the ski resort told CBC News such a bear cub had never been seen before in the ski area.

Biologists are trying to determine whether the whitish bear cub is an albino or a spirit bear, a subspecies of black bear known as a Kermode bear.

Experts tend to believe the 5-month-old bear cub is albino because, unlike a Kermode bear, it doesn’t have a black nose or pigmentation. They hope to get photos of the cub’s eyes. If the eyes are pink-blue in color, it would confirm the bear cub is an albino.

Hopefully they get a chance to find out while its still alive. The bear cub faces a difficult road as only 50 percent of cubs survive the first year.

“The bears are going into mating season and that’s when the cubs are at a very high risk because the males potentially kill the cubs and that’ll force the mother to make some adjustments in their patterns of movement,” De Jong told CBC News.

Becoming habituated to humans would also diminish the bear cub’s chances.

“There is a bit of a threat to this bear,” Sgt. Simon Gravel of the Conservation Officer Service’s Squamish office told the Vancouver Sun. “It’s a special bear and will attract a lot of attention.

“The biggest threat to him is human curiosity.”

 

First Largemouth of 2016

June 12th, 2016

FullSizeRender (10)FullSizeRender (9)Last year I caught more largemouth bass than ever before in my life.  I caught some real beauties fishing from my daughter lake frontage.  I never used a boat, fished at night, or used a whole lot of lures.  I fished from shore and did very well thank you.

One thing I wanted to do was help each of my 12 grandkids catch a bass.  I was successful in having that happen, and the kids really enjoyed reeling in such a leaping fighter of a fish.

Just today I showed up at my daughters with rod and reel in hand.  My grand-daughter McKenzie ask me “Papa can you take me fishing?”  Oh I love to hear those words.  I rounded up the poles, bait, and all the equipment needed and headed for the water.  It took Kenzie a while to get down where I was at, and already I had two nice bass on the stringer.  Kenzie wasn’t there 5 minutes when her line started peeling out.  I told her to set the hook and reel like crazy.  It was a very healthy largemouth that gave her all she could handle to get him on shore.  A 19-1/2 inch beauty that is the new “biggest” bass caught by a grandkid.  We took some pictures and then released all the fish to fight another day.

It was good to feel the sensation of these great game fish jumping and tugging on your line for one more season.  We are off to a good start and were looking forward to possibly landing a 22-23 incher this year.  I know the rest of the grandkids have their work cutout for them if they want to beat Kenzie’s “whopper!”

Mike

Just Who Does Government Work For Anyway?

June 11th, 2016

9 Foot Florida Gator Seen With Human Body In It’s Jaws!

June 9th, 2016

florida vacation 2010 081The 9-foot alligator seen with a human body in its jaws on Tuesday has been captured and found to have human remains in its stomach.
“A contract trapper for the state caught and killed a 9-foot alligator last night around 8:30,” Sgt. Gary Gross of the Lakeland Police Department tells PEOPLE. “The medical examiner examined the contents of its stomach this morning and found human remains that match the missing parts of the body. ” On Tuesday afternoon, a witness called 911 to report that he had seen the alligator with what appeared to be a dead body in its mouth in Lake Hunter in Lakeland, Florida. “I’ve got a dead body over here in the lake it looks like an alligator is trying to pull him down under,” the caller said .
Sgt. Gross said the reptile released the body shortly after police responded to the scene.”He rolled a few times in the water and then let go [of the body] and swam off,” he said. Police then retrieved the body while the Florida wildlife and game commission dispatched alligator trappers to attempt to catch the gator.

The gator was caught on Tuesday night and the contents of its stomach were examined Wednesday. Gross says the cause of death of the victim, a white male whose body appeared to have been in the water “for more than a day” is still under investigation.

“We haven’t determined manner or cause of death because of the body parts that are missing and the decomposition from the water,” Gross explains.

An autopsy has been completed and results of the toxicology report could take up to a month. While there are no open missing persons cases in the area, Gross says a few items have been retrieved from the lake that could be related to the case.

“There was a backpack we found at the boat ramp and other items around the lake like a shirt but we don’t know if they’re tied with this or not,” he says. “People fish here a lot and they often leave things behind. ” Alligators are a common sighting at Lake Hunter and are not known to be particularly aggressive. “It’s a very fine line to call them aggressive because our alligators are known to sun themselves on the bank,” Gross says. “Every once in a while you get a call that one of them is charging somebody or trying to get their pet but very few are aggressive unless you agitate them in some way.”

Gross added that the alligators in the area may be more aggressive than usual during their mating season, which runs from April to late June.

On Wednesday, the Lakeland Police returned to Lake Hunter to respond to a call about another alligator seen with something in its jaws.

“The caller thought maybe it was more human remains, but it turned out to be a cat,” Gross says.

No Recovery Of Man Who Fell Into Yellowstone Hot Springs!

June 8th, 2016

UPDATE: June 8 — Yellowstone National Park rangers have suspended efforts to recover the body of an Oregon man who fell into a boiling hot spring on Tuesday, The Associated Press reports.

“They were able to recover a few personal effects,” park spokeswoman Charissa Reid told AP on Wednesday. “There were no remains left to recover.”

Colin Nathaniel Scott, 23, from Portland, Oregon, was with his sister, Sable Scott, when he left the boardwalk near Pork Chop Geyser, park officials said.

“We extend our sympathy to the Scott family,” Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk said in a statement Wednesday. “This tragic event must remind all of us to follow the regulations and stay on boardwalks when visiting Yellowstone’s geyser basins.”

PREVIOUSLY: 

A man is his early 20s was feared dead after wandering off a designated walkway Tuesday in Yellowstone National Park and falling into a hot spring, authorities said.

Park rangers hadn’t found the man as of late Tuesday and considered the incident a probable death, reported the Casper Star-Tribune, citing a statement from park officials.

Earlier in the day, Charissa Reid, a Yellowstone spokeswoman, told The Huffington Post by phone that recovery efforts were underway.

“All we know is that there is a person in the hot springs,” Reid said. “It’s a pretty dynamic situation.”

My grandson Quinn works at Yellowstone, and said this is not the first incident of park visitors being hurt or even killed due to disobeying the rules.  Mr scott is not the first to die in the hot springs, and annually there are several tourist who cross the line with the wild inhabitants of Yellowstone.  This is there turf, and they must be respected and viewed from a safe distance, or disaster can take place.  Last year a foreign tourist put her arm around a bison’s neck for a “selfie” and was gored by the animals horn and killed.  People need to realise this is not a zoo or an amusement park!

 

Looking For Love In All The Right Places

June 7th, 2016

IMG_4680IMG_4692Today was the “big” day for the four turkeys I’m raising on my brothers property.  I have kept the big Tom and his hen (girlfriend) in a separate pen, while the two “bronze” hens were a couple pens away.  The “horney” old Tom knew they were there cause he could her them yelping, cutting, and putting, not to mention he had a visual while on the roost.  His red head just kept getting redder, and he was gobbling all day long!  Personally I love to hear a turkey gobble!

Anyway my brother and I decided to move them to the large enclosure (80 x 100) where they could roam around and get to know one another.  We put the Tom and his hen in first, minus a few feathers, and then released the two “new” hens in with them.  The “old boy” mated several times with his honey and seemed to pay no attention to the new ladies in town.  Well that didn’t last long, as Mr. Loverboy was “hooking” up with the newcomers about 1/2 hour after being introduced to them!

They had already been laying eggs, but they were not fertilized as yet.  I’m hoping those hens know about sitting on a nest in order to incubate fertilized eggs.  That’s what were hoping for anyway.  Can’t have a successful turkey farm without little turkey’s running all over the place!  I know one thing Mr Tom is more than willing to do his part in making that happen!

Mike