Author: Bruce Billingsly

Two Brothers from Kentucky Nailed with Over 200 Counts of Poaching

A pair of brazen brothers from Kentucky finally had their day in court, pleading guilty on hundreds of illegal hunting charges. In November 2016, an investigation was launched after one of the brothers, Larry Fryman, 69, was discovered by Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources officers to have been illegally hunting in Mason County. Dozens upon dozens of deer antlers were eventually recovered by conservation officers at the Fryman’s family farm, many of which were believed to have been killed and mounted over a number of years. As the investigation intensified over the following months, Larry and his...

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EHD Rears Its Ugly Head in Virginia

A Virginia fisherman came across something in the water that he wasn’t about to catch with a line and hook.  Catching his eye on the water’s edge, angler Luke Yates spotted a deceased deer without any noticeable physical injuries floating in the water. According to reports, he immediately suspected disease to be the culprit following confirmation from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries about the presence of the deadly hemorrhagic disease. After popping up in Tennessee, Kentucky and many other areas in the east, while somewhat common this time of year, the presence of the disease in...

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Officials Looking for Information Regarding Decapitated Black Bear

British Columbia conservation officers are asking the public for help in identifying those involved in the illegal killing of a black bear. Found on Haida Gwaii, a wildlife-rich archipelago off British Columbia’s western coast, a headless black bear lie dead on the beach. “The head was removed, but the rest of the bear was intact,” Sgt. Kyle Ackles of the Conservation Officer Service told CBC News. “My understanding is that it’d been there for a couple days.” The large adult male bear was killed by a shot from a rifle and sparked outrage across the province as images were...

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BC Mother and 2-Year-Old Son Chased into Home by Black Bear

A British Columbia mother and her two-year-old son were involved in a harrowing encounter with a black bear last weekend. According to reports from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the black bear pursued the pair up a staircase and into their home via a patio door on Saturday.  Eleri Froude of Gibsons, BC noted that she only noticed the bear after her son alerted her to its presence. “I thought, ‘Oh my God, what am I going to do now?’” she told CTV news. “That was when my friend turned around and said, ‘Get the kids and get...

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Drunk Florida Woman Bites Fishing Line, Swims off with Rigging

A Florida fisherman hooked himself something he probably wasn’t interested in dealing with last week on the St. Johns County Pier in St. Augustine. At around 6 p.m., something fishy was lurking in the water below when an intoxicated woman swam up to the man’s line.  Cursing him out all the while, she opened her mouth like a hungry black drum and chomped down on the man’s line until it was severed. With the line in her mouth, she slowly escaped proudly with the man’s fishing tackle in tow like a booze-soaked barracuda. Police were immediately called to the...

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