Money Grabbing state Officials At It Again

July 9th, 2018

A few years ago the State DNR upped the price more than double to ride your 4-wheeler or snowmobile on state lands.  In fact if you wanted (or needed) a state sticker you first had to buy another sticker (base) that would allow you to buy the sticker you needed.  What a bunch of crap!  I have two four wheelers at camp and it cost me $72 dollars to ride on state land each year. I recently talked with a couple snowmobilers that quit riding due to the excessive gouging by the state.

Trail number 9 is just down the street from my camp and last year they put up a gate that only allows certain width 4-wheelers to pass through.  In other words if you own one of the bigger 2-6 passenger ORV’s you can’t ride these trails!  What’s the deal on that?  You have to buy a sticker but are limited on the trails you can ride?

And while I’m at it the DNR and seen to make it illegal to carry a person (adult, child, grandchild) on your 4 wheeler even if you have installed an over the counter seat for them! In order to carry a passenger you must buy a four wheeler that has a factory installed seat, not an after market one!  So to satisfy the law one must shell out $5-7,000 dollars on a new orv with a factory installed back rest.  Again what a bunch of crap.

Just yesterday I found out that the Michigan Waterways Commission has a resolution (House Concurrent Resolution 22) that would charge a yearly registration fee of $10.00 dollars on all canoe’s, kayak’s, and paddle board’s.  whats next “squirt guns and nerf toys?”  There are currently around 600,000 canoe’s kayak’s and paddle boards in Michigan and at 10 dollars a crack the total would be $6,000,000 dollars worth of more new fees for Michigan’s recreational users.  Do they want us all to stay home cause we can’t afford the forest and waterways that surround us? Ridiculous!

Mike

 

Cabin Week July 4th.

July 8th, 2018

Finally five days at the cabin.  My wife and I were able to leave Sunday after a grandson’s graduation party and stay until the following friday evening.  Our daughter Tara, her husband Glen, their son Kyle, and his cousin Brady joined us late Tuesday evening.

We crammed a lot into 4-5 days and were even able to relax from time to time!  The various communities had scheduled their fireworks displays for different nights so we had our pick of where to go.

The weather started off with a “heat advisory” for the first three days, but Thursday and Friday were awesome weather wise! Due to the intense heat I went to the local Luzerne hardware store and bought a “kiddie pool” to cool off in!  Might of been the smartest thing I did on this trip.  How refreshing it was to sit in a lawn chair in the middle of the pool and splash water on myself when needed! We also have air conditioning at the main cabin which helped us stay comfortable inside.

I was able to get 9 holes of golf in at the Fairview Hills golf course, and as usual my 13 year old grandson beat me.  Not by much mind you (42-44) but a whooping is a whooping!  We also fished at McCormick Lake, visited Hartwick Pines in Grayling, and went to the Cedar Valley Amusement Park in Comins!

At the cabin we rode 4-wheelers and played “ladder ball golf,” and did some target practice with the pellet guns.  Glen had a rip roaring fire one evening and we ate more “s’mores” than we should of!  I was able to do a little work around the place, but the intent was to enjoy the family and the joys of sharing Michigan’s great outdoors.

On a side note my wives bird feeder was missing, and the third day there I found it in the woods smashed!  The limb it was hanging on was broken so that leads me to believe a hungry black bear visited us “once again!”

Mike

Alaska Bear Attack!

June 21st, 2018

Police in Alaska are searching for an “aggressive” brown bear that they believe killed a hiker who went missing this week and later attacked a member of the search party that was out looking for him, authorities said.

Officers discovered the remains of the missing hiker, Michael Soltis, in a wooded area in Anchorage on Wednesday, not far from where the volunteer searcher was attacked, according to the Anchorage Police Department. Investigators said the attacks were most likely carried out by the same bear.

Police have not released the search party volunteer’s identity, but they said he was seriously injured while searching for Soltis, 44, who disappeared Monday evening while hiking.

The officers discovered his body as they were searching for the bear, the department said.

Anchorage police keeps bystanders away from a bear mauling site near Eagle River, Alaska on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. A missing hiker was found dead Wednesday near the site where a member of his search party was mauled by a bear outside of Alaska's l (The Associated Press)
Anchorage police keeps bystanders away from a bear mauling site near Eagle River, Alaska on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. A missing hiker was found dead Wednesday near the site where a member of his search party was mauled by a bear outside of Alaska’s l (The Associated Press)
A bear sign and police tape mark a site near a bear attack near Eagle River, Alaska, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. A missing hiker was found dead Wednesday near the site where a member of his search party was mauled by a bear outside of Alaska's largest (The Associated Press)
A bear sign and police tape mark a site near a bear attack near Eagle River, Alaska, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. A missing hiker was found dead Wednesday near the site where a member of his search party was mauled by a bear outside of Alaska’s largest (The Associated Press)

“Shortly after the attack, officers entered the woods to search for the bear,” the department said in a statement. “It is at that time they located missing person Michael Soltis who died as a result of a bear attack. It appears the brown bear was protecting the body when it attacked a member of the search party.”

The wounded volunteer was taken to a nearby hospital with “serious” but non-life threatening injuries, including to at least one leg, police said.

The police department urged people to people to avoid the area “due to the aggressive bear,” which was still at large late Wednesday.

Ken Marsh, a spokesman for Alaska Department of Fish and Game, said the agency is investigating whether the bear attack was predatory or defensive.

“A person could have tripped and fell or had a medical condition,” he told the Associated Press. “Until a full investigation and medical examination is done, I don’t know that we can say necessarily, for sure, 100 percent, the cause of death.”

Third Animal Attack This week at Yellowstone

June 7th, 2018

A woman was gored by a bison yesterday as a crowd of tourist once again invaded the territory of these lard beast.  A crowd had gathered on the lower basin when a herd of bison were seen from the road.  People got out of their cars and walked within 15 feet of these dangerous and unpredictable animal.  This is not a petting zoo, but real “wild” animals that can take your life in an instant.  When you encroach on their “turf”you may end up sorry; very sorry!

My grandson worked as a computer specialist for two years at Mammoth Hot Springs near the north entrance. He witnessed many “stupid” things that tourist would do while there including 5 fatalities during his two years!

We visited him two years ago and spent a week exploring the vastness of the park and it’s amazing wildlife.  Right around the Park Headquarters there is always a large gathering of elk who roam freely between buildings, cars, and people.  There are signs all over to stay a secure distance away from these large members of the deer family, but many do not heed the warnings and pay the price.  We saw an Oriental woman trying to put her daughter on the back of a cow elk.  Grandson Quinn yelled at her and she sheepishly back off! There was also a young lady who put her arm around a bison feeding in the grassy area near headquarters who was gored to death when the 1600 pound animal was startled!  All this for a “selfie?”

Bison and elk are two of the more unpredictable animals that need to be given a wide birth, but a lot of tourist (many foreigners) think their at a “petting zoo!” Park personnel do their best but it’s hard to police 10’s of thousands of visitors each and every day!

Not only can the animal’s hurt, maim, or kill you, but the rivers, lakes, and terrain can also do you in. One of Quinn’s acquaintances dove from a cliff into a swift moving glacial river never to be seen again!  Another young man got off the trailway and disappeared into a hot springs where signs are posted all over “Do not get off the boardwalk!”

So I am not surprised at all that “When Animals Attack” is happening at Yellowstone, especially since some people believe these are tame, harmless, cartoon creatures!

Mike

Late Season Turkey Update

June 6th, 2018

My brother Darryl finally arrowed his gobbler, as he once again goes for the coveted Michigan Bowhunters “Grand Slam” award!  He dropped the Jake in it’s tracks as it ran into his decoy after some persistent “hen” calls. He set a personal record this year by helping 11 others get their birds.  Also pictured is Caleb Smiley with his monster tom called in by his dad Scott not far from their house.  It’s Caleb’s second big turkey, and dad took one earlier hunting with Darryl who is his father-in-law! Also pictured is Jakson Ansel (Darryl’s grandson) with his turkey.  His brother Jacob got one earlier!

Looks like me and my brother Brett were the only two turkey hunters that have to go to Krogers this year for their bird.  I guess there’s always the fall hunt?

Mike

Boxing A Bear To Save His dog!

May 30th, 2018

A Michigan man put up quite a fight against a bear as it tried to attack his barking beagle earlier this month.

The Boyne Falls man let his dog outside around 4:30 a.m. When he returned minutes later to let the dog back in, he spotted a large shadow moving slowly across his driveway. He soon realized it was a black bear — the only species of bear living in the state.

“When his beagle barked at the bear it circled around and swatted at the dog as the owner frantically tried to pull him in only to have the leash get tangled,” according to a reportrecently released by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

The owner repeatedly kicked the bear as he struggled to untangle the leash. At first, the bear retreated. But then the animal returned and bit the dog.

That’s when the man punched the bear in the nose. The blow to the snout caused the bear to pause just long enough for the man to escape inside his house with the dog.

He then called the Michigan DNR and conservation officer Andrea Erratt arrived at the scene.

“Erratt advised the homeowner to remove all his bird feeders, clean up all the sunflower seed husks, spread some moth balls, and stop feeding corn to the deer and turkeys in the backyard,” the report states.

The owner agreed and then rushed his dog to a veterinarian, where it received several stitches in its side and rear.

There are up to 19,000 black bears roaming the state of Michigan — with about 90 percent living upstate, Michigan.gov explains on its website. Typically, black bears are “shy by nature” but they have been known to attack on occasion, the site says.

“When bears stand their ground, people should do the same thing,” Kevin Swanson, wildlife specialist with the Michigan DNR’s bear and wolf program, advised in an online statement. “In these kind of encounters, you should make loud noises and back away from the bear slowly, giving the bear plenty of room to leave the area. Do not run from a black bear or play dead if one approaches.”

Lions and Black Bears and Grizzly’s Oh My!

May 23rd, 2018

A government wildlife worker who recently landed her dream job researching grizzly bears in a Montana mountain range is recovering from a bear attack that left her with a fractured skull and other serious injuries.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seasonal field assistant Amber Kornak was attacked on May 17 while working alone near a stream in the Cabinet Mountains, agency spokeswoman Jennifer Strickland said.

While being mauled, the 28-year-old Kornak managed to reach a canister of Mace-like bear spray and ended the attack, inadvertently spraying herself in the process.

She then walked to her work vehicle and drove to find help, according to Strickland.

Working with grizzlies had been a longstanding career goal for Kornak, who is recovering at a hospital in Kalispell following surgery for the skull injury and from severe cuts to her head, neck and back, said Jenna Hemer, a friend who spoke with Kornak following the attack.

“She’s obviously passionate about all wildlife, but her dream and her primary focus was to work with grizzly bears,” Hemer said. “Last I spoke with her was yesterday and she’s making great strides but it’s going to be a long recovery.”

Kornak was working at the time of the attack on a genetic study that requires collecting grizzly hair samples. The hairs can be found on trees or other objects that grizzlies rub against, and are used to analyze the animals’ DNA.

Officials speculated that noise from nearby Poorman Creek may have allowed the animal to close in on Kornak without her noticing.

She was apparently following the right protocols for working in grizzly bear country, including carrying bear spray and a satellite communication device that she used to call 911 just after the mauling, Strickland said.

There is no formal rule about government workers travelling alone in bear country, Strickland said. But experts say traveling in groups of three or more dramatically decreases the chance of an attack.

The Cabinet Mountains are home to an estimated 50 grizzlies, protected across the region as a threatened species under federal law. The range also has black bears, typically a less aggressive species.

Officials have not said which type was responsible for the attack that remains under investigation by Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks.

Bears Gone Wild Cougars Killing Mountain Bikers? What’s going On?

May 19th, 2018

 Authorities say one person was killed and another injured in a cougar attack in North Bend, Washington, CBS affiliate KIRO-TVreports. The two victims were mountain biking in the area when the incident took place around 11:20 a.m. Saturday, officials said.

First responders said they found the deceased victim with the cougar still standing over the body. As wildlife officials approached them, the cougar ran from the scene, a King County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson tells CBS News.

The injured 31-year-old biker was taken to a nearby hospital where they were listed in serious condition.

The Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife is handling the investigation. The sheriff’s office spokesperson said the fate of the cougar is unclear should they find it.

Cougars make up the largest members of the cat family in Washington, resulting in hundreds of calls to wildlife officers regarding sightings each year, according to the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife website. It says the increasing human population and decreasing cougar habitat may lead to more encounters between humans and cougars.

Bear Shot After Mauling 5 Year Old girl!

May 15th, 2018

Wildlife officers are confident the male bear they shot and killed Sunday night is the same bear that mauled a 5-year-old girl in East Orchard Mesa early that morning.

The girl — whose name hasn’t been released by authorities — is in fair condition and St. Mary’s Medical Center staff are monitoring her wounds after she underwent surgery and received 77 external stitches for bite marks.

The girl’s family did not want any information released about whether the girl is still at the hospital, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Officers with Colorado Parks and Wildlife set three traps in the area for the bear and shot it as it headed toward a residence about a half-mile from the attack site near a home in the 3400 block of D Road.

An officer killed the bear at about 9:30 p.m., before it entered a trap, said Mike Porras, spokesman with Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

“One of the things we want to do is go to the family and tell them we killed the right bear, and we’re glad to hear that she will make a full recovery,” Porras said Monday of the girl and the family.

To be certain the killed bear is the same bear that attacked the girl, officials took the bear’s carcass to the Wildlife Health Laboratory in Fort Collins for a necropsy, an animal autopsy. From there, the bear’s carcass will be transported to a lab in Wyoming for DNA testing, at which point authorities can officially determine if they killed the correct bear, Porras said.

In the meantime, wildlife officials are continuing to search the East Orchard Mesa area for other bears, he said.

“In this case, it was our priority to protect human health and safety,” Porras said about killing the bear. “We’re here to provide protection to the public and ensure the public remains safe.”

Porras said wildlife officers have a theory the bear hibernated in the area and recently came out of hibernation seeking food. The bear attack occurred just south of the Colorado River, a riparian area that may be attractive to the bruin.

When the girl was attacked, both she and her mother acted correctly by screaming and fighting back, he said.

“This little girl is lucky to be alive,” Porras said. “You fight back. You want to teach a bear you don’t want to be messed with.”

Colorado Bear attack

May 13th, 2018

A 5-year-old girl was injured early Sunday morning after a bear attacked her outside her Colorado home when she went to investigate a noise in the yard, officials said.

The girl, who was later reported to be in good condition, went outside around 2:30 a.m. after hearing noises in the yard in East Orchard Mesa, above the Colorado River corridor in Grand Junction, that she thought was her dog, FOX31 Denver reported.

He mother told Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials she heard her daughter scream and saw a large black bear dragging the girl.

The bear dropped the 5-year-old when the mother began screaming at the animal, according to the report.

The girl was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. FOX31 reported she was in good condition Sunday night.

Officials are still tracking the animal and asked residents in the area to report any bear sightings. Residents were also urged to keep put food inside and secure their trash.