Off the wire: Week of Oct. 27th


Rare, prehistoric-age reptile found in New Zealand
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — A rare reptile with lineage dating back to the dinosaur age has been found nesting on the New Zealand mainland for the first time in about 200 years, officials said Friday.
Read complete story from the Associated Press

Winthrop gets some bang from a buck
WINTHROP, S.C. — Somewhere, a deer with two broken antlers is wondering why he was unlucky enough to smash into a computer room Wednesday and end up a few minutes later with a 300-plus pound carpenter named Tommy sprawled on top of him.
Read complete story from the Herald

Sportsmen should feel good over state Senate's ruling on Sunday bow hunting
Sportsmen in New Jersey aren't the most optimistic bunch when it comes to laws and regulations. You can pull yourself up by your bootstraps, try to look at the bright side and accentuate the positive only up to a point.
Read complete story from the Star-Ledger

Star Valley deer, elk likely have CWD
Chronic wasting disease has likely infected Star Valley deer and elk herds, and the best option to slow its spread is to phase out feedgrounds in northwest Wyoming, a federal disease expert said Tuesday.
Read complete story from the Jackson Hole News & Guide

Gigantic bull elk becomes kill of a lifetime for Rams senior
Lindsey May, who turns 18 this week, is the envy of grizzled elk hunters everywhere.


Well, May, a North Thurston High School senior, killed a massive, seven-point bull elk during a special-permit hunt in Eastern Washington on Oct. 20.
Read complete story from The Olympian

Fines raised to curb illegal hunting
Thanks to the passage of the Game and Fish Increase Bill earlier this year, fines for illegal hunting practices have been increased as a way to combat poaching in the state of Alabama.
Read complete story from The Wetumpka Herald

Fatalities on the rise in vehicle-animal crashes
Fatalities from vehicle crashes with deer and other animals have more than doubled over the last 15 years, according to a new study by an auto insurance-funded highway safety group that cites urban sprawl overlapping into deer habitat.
Read complete story from the Brattleboro Reformer

Angler's last cast hooks giant sturgeon
Weighing close to 362 kilograms and estimated at about 100 years old, Matt Schaap's 3.4-metre catch was measured, photographed, tagged and released Saturday evening near Hatzic Bench in Mission, B.C. His prehistoric-looking fish was the fifth-largest reeled in on the Fraser River since '90s.
Read complete story from Canada's The Province

Mont. deer hunter rescued after attack by Kodiak bears
A Montana man badly mauled in a bear attack in a remote region of Kodiak Island and unable to get help holed up in a cabin with his hunting partner for two days before being rescued Tuesday afternoon, according to Alaska State Troopers.
Read complete story from the Anchorage Daily News

Paleontologists sift Utah soil for plant fossils
Paleontologists are sifting through the soil of an excavated lot in search of ancient plants, the only ones from the early Jurassic period found so far in western North America.
Read complete story from New Hampshire's Seacoastonline.com

2004 Indian Ocean tsunami biggest in 600 years
The tsunami that killed 230,000 people in 2004 was the biggest in the Indian Ocean in some 600 years, two new geological studies suggest.
Read complete story from New Hampshire's Seacoastonline.com

Fisherman finds headless body in Texas Hill Country
BOERNE, Texas — Kendall County authorities are searching for clues to the identity of a man whose headless body was found in some brush near the Guadalupe River in a rural area of the county.
Read complete story from the Associated Press

NWTF's South Dakota chapter unveils wild turkey management plan
SOUTH DAKOTA — The National Wild Turkey Federation's South Dakota State Chapter and the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (SDGFP) have announced a plan that will further secure the future for wildlife in the Mount Rushmore State.
Read complete story from The Outdoors Wire

Three men arrested for poaching deer in Waterbury and Stowe
WATERBURY, Vt. — Vermont State Game Wardens arrested Lucas Ashley, age 28, of Shelburne, Jason Trieb, age 26, of South Burlington, and William Mitchell, age 50, of Starksboro Vermont on October 19 for illegally taking five deer at night with a light.
Read complete story from The Outdoors Wire

Pennsylvnania's fall turkey season begins saturday
HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Game Commission is expecting hunters to encounter a sizeable wild turkey population when they head afield for the opening day of wild turkey season Saturday. And finding birds this fall may be easier than it was last year.
Read complete story from The Outdoors Wire

Mexico, US, Canada to protect endangered porpoise
MEXICO CITY — Officials from Mexico, the United States and Canada are teaming up in a plan presented Tuesday to protect the vaquita marina, a highly endangered species of porpoise in the upper Gulf of California.
Read complete story from the Associated Press

Boy back at home after 12 days living in the wild
LAKE STEVENS, Wash. — He hasn't looked at a map yet to see how far into the mountains he hiked or which rivers and creeks he followed away from his home or back to civilization 12 days later.
Read complete story from The Seattle Times

Criminal charges possible in boy's Uzi death
BOSTON — A prosecutor said Tuesday he is investigating whether criminal charges should be filed after an 8-year-old boy accidentally killed himself while firing an Uzi submachine gun at a gun fair in western Massachusetts.
Read complete story from the Associated Press

Jeff King found guilty in Denali Park moose killing
FAIRBANKS, Ala. — A federal magistrate has found four-time Iditarod champion Jeff King guilty of illegally killing a moose inside Denali National Park.
Read complete story from the Fairbanks Daily News & Miner

S.C. trio bag 13-foot gator
When Clint Parks, Brian Urquhart and Jody Poston launched their boat from Pack's Landing at the upper end of Lake Marion the evening of Sept. 19, they had little idea what awaited them later that night.
Read complete story from SCnow.com

Florida's largest lake makes dramatic yurnaround after near-death experience
Lake Okeechobee, the second-largest natural lake in the continental U.S. behind Lake Michigan, withstood the turmoil and began staging a remarkable recovery in 2008 after devastating extremes of flood and drought over the past four years.
Read complete story from TheLedger.com

The hunters or the hunted?
As multiple wolf packs prowl the Idaho Panhandle, silent nights have been shattered by healthy howls, and while environmentalists champion the wolves' cause, area hunters continue to voice strong anti-wolf sentiment.
Read complete story from Shoshone News Source

Senator promotes Hunters Bill of Rights
An Oklahoma state senator said he is promoting a change to the state constitution that would protect hunters and fisherman from animal rights activists.
Read complete story from the Muskogee Phoenix

Ike makes finding ducks a guessing game
With huge swaths of coastal marsh and prairie along the upper Texas coast suffering catastrophic collapse of their ability to support wintering waterfowl thanks to damage done by Hurricane Ike, the majority of birds that typically target those spots will be forced to relocate somewhere else.
Read complete story from Chron.com

Black bear may be record for Wyo. hunter
Russ Blake dropped this 500-pound plus black bear that could set a state record for bear taken with a pistol.
Read complete story from mlive.com

Boy, 8, killed in Mass. gun show accident
WESTFIELD, Mass. — An 8-year-old boy died after accidentally shooting himself in the head while firing an Uzi submachine gun under adult supervision at a gun fair.
Read complete story from the Associated Press

Gun sales thriving in uncertain times
Americans have cut back on buying cars, furniture and clothes in a tough economy, but there's one consumer item that's still enjoying healthy sales: guns. Purchases of firearms and ammunition have risen eight to 10 percent this year, according to state and federal data.
Read complete story from the Washington Post

Butchering of deer closes restaurant
A Chinese restaurant in the Town of Hamburg was shut down by the Erie County Health Department Friday after an inspector found employees butchering a deer inside.
Read complete story from the Buffalo News

For sheriff, hunting theft is personal
The person who walked off with a hunting stand and related paraphernalia from a wooded area in Gambrills might have had a second thought if he knew who owned them: Sheriff Ronald S. Bateman.
Read complete story from the Baltimore Sun

Australia scientists say bees can count to four
SYDNEY — Researchers have discovered that honey bees can count to four, a report said here on Sunday.
Read complete story from Reuters

89-year-old shoots deer
She pooh-poohed her peers when they scolded her for being "too old for such foolishness."

The 89-year-old Delores Wilhelms of Dotyville reached a new height of Nirvana last week when she bagged a buck, using her deceased husband's crossbow.
Read complete story from the Associated Press

Copter rescues climber at Snoqualmie Pass
SEATTLE — A Coast Guard helicopter has rescued an injured climber near Snoqualmie Pass.

The Coast Guard says the copter from Port Angeles was able to reach the climber early Monday after high winds prevented another copter from completing the airlift.
Read complete story from the Associated Press

Mountain lion that stalked Arizona hiker killed
TUCSON, Ariz. — Authorities have killed a mountain lion that had stalked a hiker and his dog in a popular recreation area in the Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson.
Read complete story from the Associated Press

Hunter mauled by grizzly
A hunter was mauled by a female grizzly bear traveling with a cub north of Gardiner, Mont., Sunday on the first day of big-game season.
Read complete story from the Bozeman Daily Chronicle