Archive for July 29th, 2010

29
Jul
10

3 Legged Gator in St. Pete Canal

Across the nation, from bears in Montana, a three legged ‘gator is lurking in a canal behind a meat market in St. Petersburg, Florida. Oh, just in case you want to make sure you have the right 13’ gator, it is the right front leg that is missing.

“Mahmoud Said, 23, owns Tony’s Meat Market, which is in a strip mall in the 1200 block of Fourth Street South, next to the canal where the alligator frequently is seen.  “It’s a big one,” he said. “They’re actually more than one.” On his cell phone he has a picture of the dismembered remains of a dog left in the water by the alligator Monday. msnbc

Yesterday, state fish and wildlife officials granted him a 007-like “license to kill:” permission to shoot the gator on sight. “I don’t really want to think of it like that,” Carpenter says chuckling, “But I can see the analogy.” Until now, local laws made it illegal to discharge a weapon anywhere in Pinellas County. So Carpenter asked FWC for special permission. They discussed the urgency of the situation with officials in Pinellas County, and the special shoot-to-kill exception was granted.”   WTSP News

It is a bit freaky, being from the NW, to read a series of headlines, that are probably common place to folks in the SE: Huge Alabama Gator..a 10-foot alligator bit off a man’s hand…11-foot alligator was lounging on her front stoop…a 10-foot alligator wandered onto the road and refused to move.

Of course, this may not just be a SE problem: “It was at another open manhole, about nine miles away on East 123rd Street in Manhattan, that teenagers shoveling snow one February day in 1935 did, in fact, see one in a city sewer, or said they saw one. They pulled up a sickly, 125-pound, 8-foot alligator with some clothesline they borrowed from a nearby stove shop, only to kill it with their shovels after it snapped at one of the boys.  “Alligator Found In Uptown Sewer,” read the headline in The New York Times.”  NY Times

Ok, I promise I won’t now discuss sharks off Cape Cod or Stinging Jelly Fish.

29
Jul
10

A Grizzly Bear Can Cover 100 Yards in 6 Seconds!

Watching naturalist Jack Hanna describe his encounter with grizzlies in Montana in the after math of another, deadly bear attack in Montana. Maybe rare, but given his degree of expertise with animals and how sobering he said it was…I hope to avoid such an encounter. I have come across blacks in B.C. and browns near Sitka. Those were edgy enough for me, with a car somewhat close. Being up on a steep slope with family really reduces ones odds….pepper spray or not. I like the headline: “Jack Hanna: Zookeeper shoos away Glacier grizzly“.

In the interview I saw, Hanna said he and others encountered the bears on a cliff side near a sizable drop. They backed down a trail for a considerable distance, as a female and two almost grown cubs backed them up. Hanna and his entourage ended up in a meadow. The female veered away. But a Grizzly male (one of the ‘cubs’?) charged Hanna. Several sprays of pepper spray distracted the bear and he turned away.

“At least one bear rampaged through a heavily occupied campground Wednesday near Yellowstone National Park in the middle of the night, killing one person and injuring two others during a terrifying attack that forced people to hide in their cars as an animal tore through tents.” Soda Butte CG Bear Attack. Apparently food or provocation was not suspected as a motivating/triggering factor in the attack.




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