Author: Bruce Billingsly

BC Man Bare-Knuckles Attacking Grizz

A resident of Qualicum Beach, British Columbia and BC Ferries captain, Randal Warnock was on his way to captain a ferry run when he decided to take a break and stretch his legs on a remote beach north of Vancouver Island. Just north of the Cape Caution area, Warnock anchored his boat and began to stroll down the beach when he spotted an old buoy he was interested in reusing.  As he looked up after picking up the discarded piece of maritime regalia, he was faced with a fast-moving adversary. “I turn around and like a foot away from...

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Update NY Duck Hunting Guide Hit with $5k Fine, Ordered to Advertise Apology

A well-known guide and TV personality was handed a $5,000 fine yesterday in a federal court based on charges for leading illegal waterfowl hunts for profit. William Saiff III, otherwise known as Bill Saiff, was ordered to pay the fine as well as pay upwards of $10,000 in charitable donations and was also ordered to publish half page ads in both the Watertown Daily Times and New York Outdoors News, apologizing for his actions. Handed down by United States Magistrate Judge Therese Wiley Dancks and part of a plea bargain and guilty plea by Saiff in late May, Saiff...

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Colorado Officials Confirm Human DNA on Claws of Euthanized Bear

Following the attack of a sleeping camper on July 9, officials with Colorado Parks and Wildlife set out to locate the bear.  Five days later, the agency announced they had euthanized a bear they believed to have attacked the 19-year-old camper with forensic evidence to back it up. As the young man was sleeping beside a campfire, he was awakened by a bear chomping down on his head.  As the bear dragged the young man, he began to fight back, eventually causing the attacking bear to retreat. After killing the bear in question, officials performed a full necropsy of...

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Trail Camera Captures Second Elk Calf Born in West Virginia

An exciting announcement came at the end of June as the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources announced that it had confirmed the first elk calf born in the state in about 150 years. While wildlife officials were fairly confident that another calf might be roaming the area as well, they never expected to get the same level of proof as they had with the first. Within hours, more photographic evidence was gathered, once again, from a well-placed trail camera.  This time the image depicted not one, but two elk calves in the area, confirming the second calf born...

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Kansas Bobcat Takes a Bite Out of Power Line

A routine outage call to Wheatland Electric prompted the dispatch of a line crew to a location just outside of Lakin, Kansas.  Going through the usual motions, technicians located the off meter and continued to locate the source of the outage. As one of the linemen was strolling the line he discovered an unusual sight, but one that would certainly explain the cause of the now not-so-routine outage.  Looking high up the 35-foot electric pole, the lineman noticed a bobcat hanging on to the phase wire with its teeth. Making contact with both the phase wire and the ground...

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