Minnesota Firefighters Rescue Bear from Milk Can

September 14th, 2018

They tried drilling air holes, but that didn’t help. Neither did applying cooking oil.

In the end, it took firefighters and the jaws of life to free a black bear from a 10-gallon milk jug stuck on its head.

A Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officer and several others tried their darndest  to help the four-legged critter. When boring holes into the container did not good, they tried lathering the animal’s furry neck with oil, hoping to slide it off.

That’s when they called the local fire department.

A tarp was brought out, and one of the firefighters, who also is a wrestling coach, tried to wrestle the jug off. But the man was no match for the bear.

Those assembled were committed to saving the animal.

“The last thing I wanted to do was put that bear down,” resources officer Eric Benjamin told the Grand Forks Herald. “But there wouldn’t have been any other options if we couldn’t get that can off its head.”

So they resorted to what rescue works use on humans trapped by metal. They brought in the jaws of life. While several people held down the bear, the jug was pried off the animal’s head.

Sans milk bucket, the bear looked around and ran for the woods.

There were a few drops of water and some leaves in the bottom of jug, and firefighters thought the bear was looking for a drink because of a recent dry spell.

A similar predicament befell the fictional Winnie the Pooh, thought that mishap involved a honey pot.

Minnesota Firefighters Rescue Bear with Its Head Stuck in Milk Can

Last Backstrap!

September 13th, 2018

Over the weekend I prepared my last venison backstrap before I put some more in the freezer this year.  I like to save a package and prepare it just before deer season opens, just to remind me how “good” venison is to eat!

I seasoned the backstraps, got the grill nice and hot, and put some potatoes on the stove.  I sprayed the grill with olive oil and butterflied the steaks into 7 beautiful pieces.  I then added onions on top of the steaks for a little more flavor! The plan was to share the meal with another venison aficionado!  It took about 25 minutes on the grill.  The potatoes I boiled whole and a can of green beans were added to the mix.

Well once I took my first hot and tasty bite of those mouth watering backstraps the plan to share them went out the window!  I didn’t eat all seven in one setting, but trust me they disappeared within a 24 hour period!  I have about three more weeks before I can try and restock my freezer, but I am definitely “pumped” to do just that!

Those that turn there nose up at “wild game” and especially venison don’t know what their missing.  But that’s okay cause “I” don’t like to share my venison anyway!  Ha!

Mike

Labor Day at the Cabin!

September 5th, 2018

Just returned from our cabin in Luzerne as we celebrated the Labor Day weekend with our daughter Tara, husband Glen, and grandson Kyle.

while I took care of cutting the grass, working on the pole barns, repairing tree stands, painting the front door, and the typical maintenance that comes with an up north place, Glen and Kyle fished.  Twice they were able to haul Glen’s boat to a hidden lake about 15 miles from our place. We take the grandkids their regularly as we can usually catch some panfish right from shore.

Glen and Kyle caught perch, rock bass, and smallmouth on their time at the lake and of course the really big one got away!  Glen had hooked a monster smallmouth on a minnow and had it up to the boat, but the net was stuck under a seat, so he tried to lift it into the boat.  The line snapped and off went the “new state record” small mouth bass!  At least that’s Glen’s story, and I’m sure he’s sticking with it!

Sunday the whole crew drove into Petoskey to ride the bike trails and swim in Lake Michigan.  I stayed at the cabin to finish some of my “honey do’s” and straighten up my messy pole barn!  They were gone most of the day and all enjoyed the Petoskey area very much.  They even found several Petoskey stones along the lake front!

The weather was fine even if the forecast wasn’t, as it only rained late one afternoon and into the night.  We did hit a “doozy” of a storm coming home Monday night right around Ann Arbor, but made it home safe and sound.

I feel good about the upcoming youth hunt, as I have quite a few deer on my trail camera’s coming into my food plot!  Hopefully Kyle will bring home some venison again this year!  I’ll report on the hunt later in the month!

Mike

 

Hunting Season Countdown!

August 26th, 2018

The guys are gearing up for the upcoming deer and bear seasons as summer winds down.  Reports are coming in of many deer being seen this year as Michigan had another relatively mild winter! Last weekend I put a trail camera out on one of the major deer runs by my place and captured 4 bucks in one evening plus two doe and two fawns!  There was a 10, two 8’s and a 6 point!  Haven’t been that many bucks around in awhile.

Not only that there is a group of 33 turkeys in the area.  Three hens and 30 babies!  Wow!  That is phenomenal!  It looks like the “sponsored” coyote hunts have really helped the deer and turkey populations. For the last several years the Luzerne area has had a coyote/bobcat/fox hunt with one coyote being tagged.  Anyone bagging the tagged coyote gets a $1000.00 prize!  I have not heard the howl of a prowling “yote” for a couple years and I don’t mind if it stays that way!

My brother and two of his grandkids drew bear permits, and so did three of the grandkids of our camp host Gary Baldwin.  There will be a whole lot of work going on baiting for bruins this year.

Tuesday were headed over to Branch county to check out our stands, and cut some shooting lanes.  The property owner has been seeing a lot of deer with some bruisers among them. The youth hunt should pay off for the young ones this year!

Mike

Wild Hogs Continue To Do Damage!

August 12th, 2018

PALM COAST, Fla. (AP) — Wild hogs have dug up most of the sod in Rachel Huzior’s backyard, knocked down several lawn lights and ripped holes in her screened-in pool house.

They come in the night, voracious eating machines that can cause massive damage to expensive landscaping.

They are wild hogs, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates they cause about $1.5 billion in damages and control costs each year.

Residents of a Flagler County neighborhood are the latest to fall prey to their destructive nature.

Feral pigs have ravaged several yards in the Hidden Lakes community in Flagler County over the past several weeks, ripping up manicured lawns in a relentless search for food. It’s a problem that has some residents in the resort-style development that abuts Graham Swamp, a 3,000-acre preserve that serves as a natural habitat for the animals, asking for help.

“Everybody’s flipping out,” said Rachel Huzior. “Everybody’s going crazy. They’re saying someone needs to be accountable for this.”

Hogs, most likely rooting for grubs, have dug up most of the sod in Huzior’s backyard, knocked down several lawn lights and ripped holes in her screened-in pool enclosure. She estimates it will cost at least $1,500 to repair the damages.

Widespread problem

Huzior and her neighbors have plenty of company. Over the last year, reports of wild hog damage have bounced around in Flagler and Volusia counties. Packs of feral pigs struck the Woodlands area of Palm Coast in late 2017 and their devastation is hardly limited to Flagler. Edgewater officials in June hired a trapper to capture and remove hogs last month after a pack of them were sighted in that city.

“It’s a sense of helplessness,” an exasperated Alberto Jones said in late November when hogs were plowing through his Palm Coast yard on a regular basis.

It’s a problem nearly as old as Florida, dating back to the 16th Century when Spanish explorers brought domestic pigs to the New World as food provisions. Today wild hogs occupy all 67 Florida counties, and the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission estimates their population has grown to more than 500,000 in the state. In the U.S., only Texas has more.

Even state agencies appear short on answers when it comes to reducing such a huge hog population. The conservation commission’s website concedes it’s “usually futile” trying to keep wild pigs off private property, but suggested installing fencing as a way to mitigate the invasion.

“They’re just too driven, like a lot of wildlife,” FWC spokesman Greg Workman said. “Whenever they have their minds set on getting somewhere that has a good food source, they’ll find a way to get to it. They’re resourceful and determined to get that meal.”

Latest outbreak

Residents in Hidden Lakes say hogs began targeting their yards weeks ago. In fact, the animals dug craters into the lawn in front of the communal pool and park area late last month.

Paytas Homes, the exclusive homebuilder in Hidden Lakes, hired trappers to set up cages throughout the neighborhood and they had captured at least 17 hogs in late July, residents said. Trapped hogs legally cannot be released onto public property.

Arnie Roma said six feral pigs were nabbed in his backyard, which has been attacked almost nightly. He spent a day resodding deep crevices in his front yard.

It’s a fix Roma says is required by the homeowners association that governs his stretch of the neighborhood, one that’s going to cost him about $1,500. He plans to install a temporary fence to keep the hogs at bay, but expressed frustration at being forced to restore the aesthetics of his property before property managers have addressed the problem.

“If they want us to fix the front, I’ve got no problem with that. But what happens if they (pigs) come again and dig up?” he wondered aloud. “I’m just supposed to keep throwing $1,500 away? I’m not an idiot.

“They want their cake and they want to eat it too, and they want it both ways besides that,” he added. “You can’t have it both ways.”

Eliminate food source

Representatives from Paytas Homes could not be reached for comment!

Huron Metro Park Fishing With Papa

July 18th, 2018

What a beautiful day we had at the Huron Metro park on Huron Drive off of I-275.  I took my grandson Kyle there to do a little fishing and enjoy this summer cool spell.  We fished from the dock going out into the lake, and could see 10-12 inch bass swimming around in the shallow water.  I think that the bass and panfish were mostly off their nest and they didn’t seem very interested in what we were offering them.

About an hour after we arrived two gentlemen arrived with their 5 year old grand daughter.  they weren’t there 5 minutes and Lacey was reeling in a very nice pumpkin seed sunfish much to Lacey’s delight.  Grandpa (Papa) Chris hooked several more in just a few minutes and would hand the rod and reel to Lacey for her to “bring in the big one!”  Lacey’s other Papa (Mike) was fishing off the shore but not having the success that Papa Chris and Lacey were having.  Papa Chris used to bring his daughter Sascha (Lacey’s mom) hear when she was a little girl.  They live in Taylor so it’s not to far of a drive for them.

I have fished with all of my 14 grandkids except two in California, so I know that “snacks” are an important part of the whole fishing expedition thing.  Lacey had plenty of snacks and a nice cold coke to sip on when needed.

It was very pleasant meeting this sweet little fisher lady and her two Papa’s!  It’s just a wonderful memory building way to spend some quality time with the grandkids, and Lacey and Kyle enjoyed the time with their Papa’s!

Mike

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