One never knows what might happen by simply stepping into the woods.
A ruffed grouse hunter shot and killed a wolf that charged him and his dog during a hunt recently near Park Rapids, Minn.
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"The dog ran back to the hunter with the wolf on its heels," coordinating officer Sam Hunter in a report in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "The hunter shot the wolf at about 8 yards as it was coming directly at him and his dog."
Minnesota's wolf hunt begins Nov. 3, though wolves may be killed when posing an "immediate threat" to pets or livestock.
On one morning earlier this month, Michigan Department of Natural Resources' Fisheries Division staff at the Platte River State Fish Hatchery in Beulah, Mich., arrived for work to find 5,700 coho salmon dead in one of the maturation ponds at the Upper Weir.
All signs indicate the loss was from a late-night vandalism act, according to a report at mlive.com as it appears the fish were forcibly crowded into a small area that blocked water flow through the screens and created conditions in which the dissolved oxygen concentrations became lethal.
Showtime: In case you weren't aware, next January will find outdoors people roaming the halls of the Stephens Convention Center again for the Chicago Outdoor Sports Show (Jan. 23-27). Aside from an all-star lineup of booths and seminar speakers, show organizers recently announced an agreement reached with Rosemont authorities so that attendees will be able to also partake in the new Chicagoland Outdoor Gun Show.
This new event is part of the already successful fishing expo and will add firearms exhibitors to the lineup of fishing and lodge spots.
Bear lesson: There are quite a few advantages for us living in the Chicago metro area. Even though we have seen a spate of coyote sightings and encounters, at least we don't have wild bears roaming the greenways.
Black bears aren't unusually an everyday feature in east Seattle suburbs, so the sighting of an adult sow bear and three cubs rambling across the campus of Issaquah Valley Elementary School recently prompted a brief lockdown. According to a local report, the parade was nice and uneventful for onlookers, as the contingent eventually found its way back to the woods.
Hot off the presses: As the result of a campaign by animal rights advocates in Great Britain, the country's largest distributor of magazines will bar the sale of shooting and hunting titles to youngsters age 14 and younger, as well as requiring adults to show identification verifying their age. Animal Aid, Britain's largest animal rights organization, claims the "lurid, pro-violence content" of country sports magazines could have a "corrosive, long-lasting effect on impressionable young minds".
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