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Meet Buck, the Coyote-Hunting Donkey

Have a coyote problem? Get a donkey. No, from what we can tell, this photo isn’t a joke. While they’re mostly known for their ornery and stubborn reputation, donkeys also loathe coyotes. In fact, a lone, daring ‘yote in South Carolina recently learned just how hostile an irritated jackass can be, and paid the ultimate price.

Steve Hipps shared the story and photos of his coyote-stomping donkey, Buck, with Georgia Outdoor News.

Buck resides in a small backyard pasture on Hipps’ nine acres in Simpsonville, South Carolina. He used to share space with a girlfriend, but when she moved into another pasture, a bold, daytime-traveling coyote began showing up—and that didn’t sit well with Buck.

“This one day, my cousin, who lives behind me, called at about 6 o’clock in the evening and said, ‘That coyote’s coming through my yard heading your way.’ And we live in a populated area,” Hipps said. “This thing came across the field in broad daylight.”

“By the time I got over there, Buck was stomping the coyote. Then he reached down and picked him up by the neck and started slinging him like a rag doll. I grabbed my phone and got two pictures.”

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World’s Frogs Unveil 5-Million-Year Plan To Move Up Food Chain

EARTH—Declaring that they had occupied a low-level rung in the global ecosystem for far too long, the world’s frogs revealed Thursday an ambitious 5-million-year plan to move up the food chain.

According to frogs, the long-term, multipronged strategy will include a series of dietary, cognitive, behavioral, and morphological adaptations designed to help them as they evolve to inhabit a higher place in the biosphere’s order of predation. Provided they adhere to the developmental benchmarks they set out and run into few obstacles, frogs said they ultimately envision themselves at a tier of the food chain on par with hawks and ocelots.

“We recognize that this is a major undertaking for our kind, but we believe we frogs are more than up to the challenge, and 5 million years from now, we are extremely confident that snakes will no longer be eating us—we’ll be eating them,” said a red-eyed tree frog, who spoke on behalf of all 4,800 unique species belonging to the taxonomic order Anura, explaining that their first course of action would be to double in size. “Right now, we prey on flies, moths, crickets, and maybe a worm here or there, but mostly just assorted bugs. We no longer consider this acceptable. Under our new plan, we see ourselves regularly consuming rodents, lizards, rabbits, and, if everything goes as anticipated, bats.”

“Being amphibious means we can go after prey on both land and water, and we really think that’s a trait we can leverage.”

“We recognize that such a diet will require pointed teeth as well as powerful jaws, and it is our intention to evolve these attributes on the fixed schedule we’ve laid out,” the frog continued. “As you can see on our timetable, we’ll start in on growing incisors in the near future.”

Noting that they’re “already pretty good at lunging,” frogs explained that the first phase of their plan, expected to take place over a 600,000-year period, will include a 400 percent increase in muscle mass, allowing them to leap high enough to take out small, low-flying songbirds and, eventually, ducks.

In addition, frogs have indicated that by the 2-million-year mark, they will make use of selective breeding to lengthen their rudimentary teeth into long, cobra-like fangs. This, along with the introduction of claws in their forelegs, will give them the opportunity to reverse the longstanding predator-prey relationships they’re currently engaged in with animals such as bass, shrews, otters, and turtles. The frogs’ timetable also includes an assessment of the claws after 2.6 million years to determine whether they should be made retractable.

While frogs confirmed their intention to continue capturing prey by shooting out their tongues, they expressed their desire to add some sharp barbs or a forked appearance to the appendage to give them the menacing appearance of “a true predator.”

“We haven’t decided whether we’re going to hunt in packs yet, but it’s certainly something we’re considering,” said a North American wood frog, describing how in the future, teams of frogs might stalk hoofed mammals through a forest, flush them out of their hiding places, and then pounce upon them all at once. “We saw wolves doing this kind of thing and thought, ‘Why not us?’ It’s ambitious, but we like our chances of pulling it off.”

“It goes without saying that we’ll first need to develop the capacity to rotate our heads from left to right, though,” it added.

The tailless, moist-bodied amphibian went on to confirm reports that any hunting initiatives conducted against much larger faunae would be led by members of the poison dart frog community.

Several frogs told reporters they were first inspired to rise up the ranks of the food chain by the shark, which they described as “the ultimate hunter-killer,” saying they eventually hope to establish a longer-term plan that would allow them to one day match the aquatic predator’s impressive speed of up to 30 miles per hour and its bite force of several hundred pounds per square inch.

While frogs stressed they currently harbor no intention of becoming apex predators, they pointed to one evolutionary advantage they believe could allow them to rise dramatically in nature’s pecking order.

“Being amphibious means we can go after prey on both land and water, and we really think that’s a trait we can leverage,” a Malayan horned frog said. “If a land mammal tries to escape from us into a river or pond, well, guess who has the upper hand in aquatic environments? Similarly, if a bunch of sea lions are sunning themselves on land, clambering around on their flippers, we can sneak up under cover of water, hop ashore, and rip them to pieces.”

“Frankly,” the frog continued, “we’ll be the perfect killing machines.”

At press time, billions of frogs around the world were reportedly sitting on lily pads and trying their hardest to grow razor-sharp talons.

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POV Deer Hunting from Tree Stand [VIDEO]

Videoing yourself hunting sounds like a daunting task that requires monster bucks, a camera person, and perhaps an attractive host. However, this video has garnered more than 40,000 views on YouTube, and there’s not an antler in sight.

The hunter uses a Mossberg shotgun and hunts what looks to be public land. He’s in a tree stand and apparently after any deer that comes buy. But luck was with the videographer that day. The first one goes down instantly and the second one was reportedly in the bag as well.

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Musician Taylor Mitchell dies after coyote attack while hiking

A young folk musician had her life cut tragically short, dying from injuries sustained after being attacked by two coyotes while hiking.

Undated promotional photo of Taylor Mitchell

Taylor Mitchell, 19, was hiking alone in Cape Breton Highlands National Park in Nova Scotia, Canada, on Tuesday when the attack occurred.
Mitchell, of Toronto, was airlifted to a Halifax hospital in critical condition and died Wednesday morning.

The Ottawa Citizen reports that another hiker heard her screams and called emergency services. Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers arrived at the scene and shot one of the coyotes, though both animals escaped.

Park officials later killed one of the coyotes believed to have bitten Mitchell. Its body was sent to the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island for pathological tests to try to determine why the animals attacked.

“If Mitchell ran from the coyotes or panicked, it may have triggered a predatory response in the animals,” said Simon Gadbois, an animal behavior specialist at Canada’s Dalhousie University.

“Coyotes are very shy animals,” Gadbois said. “To me, this looks like two yearlings with very little hunting experience, probably very hungry, maybe a little bit desperate.”

Fans continue to express condolences on Mitchell’s MySpace and Facebook pages.

“Words can’t begin to express the sadness and tragedy of losing such a sweet, compassionate, vibrant and phenomenally talented young woman,” Lisa Weitz, Mitchell’s manager, said in an e-mail. “She loved the woods and had a deep affinity for their beauty and serenity.”

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YOU WON’T BELIEVE HOW MUCH WILD PIG POPULATIONS ARE COSTING THE U.S. ANNUALLY

When I used to hear that the wild pig population was out of control, but I had no idea it was this bad!

Believe it or not, the current estimated wild pig population is reaching numbers somewhere around 6 million. To make things worse, these animals are completely destroying the North American ecosystems they are inhabiting, and have ran up an annual tab of about $1.5 billion.

In a recent report from PLOS, Gail Kerin, a public affairs specialist at the USDA-APHIS-WS National Wildlife Research Center stated that, “Feral swine cause major damage to property, agriculture (crops and livestock), native species and ecosystems, and cultural and historic resources.”

As most of us are aware of, much of the wild pig population originated all the way back in the 1,500’s as European settlers brought them over as a source of food. Later on in the 1,900’s wild boar were brought over once again from Russia and Europe for sport hunting. Most of the pig population is a mix between these wild boars and the domesticated pigs that had escaped over the years.

“This invasive species also threatens the health of people, wildlife, pets, and other domestic animals,” Keirn said. “As feral swine populations continue to expand across the country, these damages, costs, and risks will only keep rising.”

Unfortunately, experts don’t see their numbers slowing down any time soon. Most agree that the population is going to continue to thrive in each of the 35 states they are found.

Well, hunters, it looks like it is time to step up and shut these pigs down. To many crops have been ruined and too many dollars have been spent on cleaning up after the mess they make.

We have already seen some crazy night vision videos of people dropping hog after hog, as well as, people jumping out of helicopters with knives in order to stab one in the hams. Now, I am not suggesting that we need to get that crazy, but we certainly need to do something.

I suggest learning the regulations in an area near you and start hunting hogs in between deer seasons. This is a great way to stay in the woods and keep your aim up with that bow, shotgun, rifle, handgun, spear…heck anything you want. Just make sure you stay in the guidelines for the area you decide to hunt.

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Angler Hooks Mammoth 7ft Halibut, Then Jumps Into The Water For A Photo As It’s Too Big For His Boat!

What happens when the fish you catch is just too big to land? Is this every fisherman’s dream or nightmare? In this article you can find out what happened next.

Angler Eric Axner was fishing from Norway’s Lofoten Islands when he caught the mammoth fish. The 24 year old fought a losing battle to land the monster and finally he jumped into the water so that he could be photographed with the enormous halibut.

The fish was measured at over 7 feet long and the video shows the angler wrestling with it for a long time before finally conceding defeat and jumping into the water with it. Eric said that if such a big fish had been brought into the boat, it may have capsized.

Monster: Erik Axner jumped in the water to take a picture with the 7ft-long halibut which he caught in waters off Norway's Lofoten Islands

Monster: Erik Axner jumped in the water to take a picture with the 7ft-long halibut which he caught in waters off Norway’s Lofoten Islands

The monster weighed in at a staggering 222 pounds and apparently would have been enough for 250 filleted portions! Most good restaurants would charge about  $30 (£25) for a halibut dish so the fish would have netted an amount of about $7,500 (£6,000)!

After posing for snaps, Mr Axner weighed and measured the fish before releasing it back into the wild

After posing for snaps, Mr Axner weighed and measured the fish before releasing it back into the wild

The fisherman from Klippan, Sweden said:

“It could have been a 5kg fish when the float went down, but when I set the hook I knew it was big.

The fish was so powerful that it took me an hour to get the better of it. By the time I got the fish to the boat my arms were aching and my back was pretty tired as well.

Such a big fish can’t be brought into the boat for a photo as it will damage it, so we kept it outside the boat.”

 

'Unbelievable experience': Mr Axner said jumping into the water gave him a new level of respect for the fish
‘Unbelievable experience’: Mr Axner said jumping into the water gave him a new level of respect for the fish

Mr Axner added:

“When the fish was secure I went into the water with my drysuit.

I wanted to get some good pictures together with the fish and the only way to do that without harming it was to go into the water together with it.

Being in the water with a fish that size is a powerful experience – it gives you a whole new level of respect for the fish.

After we took some photos we released the fish to fight another day.

It was an unbelievable experience.”

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Charges Dismissed Against Drone-Executing Kentucky Father

 

A Kentucky man who shot a drone out of the sky last July as it hovered over his sunbathing daughter was arrested and charged with first-degree endangerment, firing a gun in a residential neighborhood, and criminal mischief.

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The judge in the case, however, found that William H. Merideth had done nothing wrong, and has dismissed all charges.

The case against a Kentucky man who was arrested after shooting down his neighbor’s drone was dismissed on Monday.

William H. Merideth was cleared of first-degree endangerment and criminal mischief charges Monday when a judge ruled he had the right to shoot down David Boggs’ drone.

“I think it’s credible testimony that his drone was hovering from anywhere, for two or three times over these people’s property, that it was an invasion of their privacy and that they had the right to shoot this drone,” Bullitt County Judge Rebecca Ward said, according to NBC affiliate WAVE.

Merideth was arrested in July and admitted to shooting down the drone. He told NBC News at the time that the device was flying near his yard and he “had no way of knowing (if) it was a predator looking at my children.”

“I feel good. I feel vindicated,” Merideth said Monday. “I was being watched. It was an invasion of privacy and I just, I wouldn’t have put up with it no more,” he told the station.

Merideth, who nicknamed himself “Drone Slayer” after downing the $2,500 remote-controlled aircraft, isn’t out of the woods yet, however. David Boggs, the owner of the drone, plans to appeal the charges to a grand jury.

As drones become more popular—and are used to invade the privacy of more people—we can probably expect to see more cases similar to this one. It is unlikely that all judges will be as forgiving as Judge Ward, however, and I’d strongly suggest against being the local test case in your community.

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Greatest Archery Trick Shots of All Time [VIDEO]

Ever thought that the Robin Hood shot was the craziest shot an archer could pull off? Then get ready, because the guys of Dude Perfect orchestrate marksmanship that will blow your mind.

Caution: There is no “please don’t try this at home” warning associated with this video.

If an archer is found trying these, or you decide to, make sure a camera is present and post the videos to our Facebook page.

From: Dude Perfect

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‘Stranger in the Woods’ recounts ‘North Pond Hermit’s’ 27 years in the Maine woods

When word broke that the man who had been stealing from residents of the North Pond area of central Maine for nearly three decades had been caught, Mainers were captivated by the tale that emerged of Christopher Knight’s life. As the decades had passed, many believed the rumored hermit of North Pond was a myth.

Michael Finkel’s engrossing new book, “The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit,” makes clear that Knight was very much a real person.

The main story Finkel tells in this book is familiar to anyone who followed news reports of Knight’s arrest or who read Finkel’s 2014 GQ article, on which this book is based. It is the story of a young man who, at age 20, literally walked away from his job, his family, his responsibilities and society. He set out into the forest of Maine without food or supplies for living outside for even one night, let alone 27 years.

This story, for the most part, comes completely from Knight himself. Finkel exchanged handwritten letters with Knight while he was jailed and had nine jail visits with him. Since Knight supposedly lived alone and had practically no contact with people during his many years in the woods, his version of the “truth” of his experience – and his alone – is all we have.

Finkel unreservedly believes Knight, but he acknowledges that not everyone is sold on Knight’s story. Most residents of North Pond think Knight’s claims of never using a fire to heat his camp, that he never got sick or needed medical care, that he had no contact with his family (who never reported him missing) and that he spent every night in his camp, even through life-threatening winter conditions, are flat-out lies.

The author believes that Knight is “practically incapable of lying,” but he doesn’t provide enough evidence to support that. Knight lived an extreme lifestyle and worried about getting caught. To make his survival possible, he developed skills that enabled him to move stealthily among the residents of North and Little ponds. He studied these people so he knew their patterns and he went through their homes and their personal belongings. Intentionally or not (he claims not), he terrorized those residents for years. Is a person who is capable of doing all that incapable of lying?

In other areas, the evidence Finkel supplies to support Knight’s story as he tells it is strong. There’s the physical evidence of Knight’s camp, the decades of experiences of the residents of North and Little ponds, and the expertise (and belief) of law enforcement and other professionals who examined Knight and his case.

Finkel is a skilled storyteller, and those skills are clearly present in this book as he weaves psychoanalysis and medicine, the mechanics of outdoor survival and centuries of hermit history with Knight’s life story to create a tightly written, compelling narrative.

Finkel has written for National Geographic, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic and other major publications. His 2005 book “True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa,” was made into a movie (“True Story,” starring Jonah Hill, James Franco and Felicity Jones, released in 2015).

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