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Pet peeve: Wild critter on the prowl

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I've told countless people for years to beware of wild animals, even the ones that may appear to be harmless.

A 73-year-old Hingam, Mass., woman was attacked as she slept by a vicious, rabid raccoon that entered her home through an entry for her cat.

"She had been sleeping on her bed and she thought it was a cat, and she went to pat it and found out it was a raccoon," Sgt. Steven Dearth of the Hingam Police Department told ABC News. "It began to attack her and bit onto her mouth."

Cabela passes:

Richard Cabela, co-founder of Cabela's Incorporated, one of the world's leading and best-known outdoors outfitters, passed away in his home in Sidney, Neb. He is survived by his wife, Mary, their nine children, and their families.

Arresting news:

A recent study is saying that crude oil can lead to irregular heartbeats and even cardiac arrest in fish. The study, undertaken by scientists from Stanford University and funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as well as the Monterey Bay Aquarium, suggests that oil spills "could severely affect fish at impacted spawning sites." Crude oil is especially harmful to juvenile fish.

Ice still nice:

Don't let this warming trend deter you from your ice fishing routines.

• Pistakee Lake bluegills are very good during a later afternoon bite in 8 feet of water. Walleye action is better as the sun goes down on Channel Lake near the Lake Catherine sand bar.

• Bangs Lake panfish action is picking up.

• One more thing: why do anglers have to pay for a pier pass to fish Chicago harborts?

• Contact Mike Jackson at, and catch his radio show 6-7 a.m. Sundays on WSBC 1240-AM and podcast at

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