Hunter drowns after canoe overturns on opening day of deer season

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MASON COUNTY, MI – Opening day of firearm deer season took a tragic turn in West Michigan Friday when a hunter drowned after his canoe tipped over.

The 48-year-old Grand Rapids area man was hunting deer with his father and brother when the incident on the Pere Marquette River happened around 7:30 a.m. Nov. 5, according to Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole.

The 76-year-old father and 45-year-old brother, also from the Grand Rapids area, were taken to Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital for treatment of hypothermia, Cole said.

It’s believed the three had launched their canoe from the Scottville boat launch and experienced trouble a half-mile west of it, he said.

“It appears they struck a log and that caused their canoe to overturn and pitch them into the water,” Cole said.

The father and brother were able to get themselves out of the…

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Think climate change is the polar bear’s greatest threat? Think again

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This week on Now You Know, Kathryn Sussman talks with author & conservationist Morten Jorgensen about polar bears – the charismatic icons that exemplify global warming for humans around the world. Part of this month’s topic on Canadian animals in danger, Jorgensen discusses the main threats facing polar bears in the wild and provides an understanding of what we are doing wrong and where we, as Canadians, are failing to protect this threatened yet iconic species.In this jaw-dropping interview, Jorgensen explains how all risks to wild polar bear populations are human-posed. While global warming is the best-known, according to Jorgensen, the most dangerous is in fact overhunting.

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Florida hunter nearly loses leg, life when 10-foot-alligator bites him

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MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. (WPTV/CNN) – Thanks to good Samaritans and a team of rescuers, a Florida hunter still has his leg and his life after he was bitten by an alligator.

James Boyce, 46, was attacked by an approximately 10-foot-long alligator Saturday while hog hunting along the Martin-Palm Beach County line in Florida.

“Sometimes you’re just in the wrong place at the wrong time, and he’s hungry for something to eat, and I’m dinner,” said Boyce at a news conference Tuesday. “When he bit me, it was like putting my leg in an electrical socket… I’m screaming because he’s crushing my leg, blood curdling.”

James Boyce, 46, was attacked by an approximately 10-foot-long alligator while hog hunting along the Martin-Palm Beach County line in Florida.
James Boyce, 46, was attacked by an approximately 10-foot-long alligator while hog hunting along the Martin-Palm Beach County line in Florida. (Source:…

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Highest rate of deer accidents in southwest Finland

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The town of Raseborg averaged one white-tailed deer accident every day last year.

Hirvistä varoittava liikennemerkki valtatie 23:lla Kankaanpäässä.
An elk warning on Route 23 in Kankaanpää, western Finland. Image: Mari Kahila / Yle

November is the most hazardous time of year for road accidents involving game animals. Last year there were more than 12,000 such accidents, peaking in November, according to Statistics Finland.

More than 6,200 collisions involved deer, of which there are several species in Finland, while nearly 2,000 involved elk. For elk-related accidents, September has the highest rate.

Last year the largest numbers of deer and elk crashes were in Southwest Finland, Uusimaa (which includes Helsinki) and Pirkanmaa (which includes Tampere).

According to data collected by the insurance company LähiTapiola, the southwestern town of Raseborg (Raasepori in Finnish) had the highest number of white-tailed deer accidents, 365, or an average of one per day.

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Why some hydropower plants are worse for the climate than coal

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According to a new study published in Environmental Science Technology, hundreds of active hydropower plants are making a worse impact on the climate than fossil fuels.

Yup, you read that right: Hydropower, popularly seen as a green energy source — and a major clean energy source in a lot of emission-reduction plans — can release more greenhouse gases than coal- or oil-burning power plants, under certain conditions.

Scientists have known for a while now that hydropower facilities release greenhouse gases — mostly methane, but also CO2 and nitrous oxide. But the way they’ve historically calculated a facility’s climate impact has obscured methane’s heat-trapping potency. The new study, which looks at data from thousands of hydropower…

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NY: DEC Forest Rangers, others rescue deer hunter hanging by his feet in tree stand

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A pair of white-tailed deer.

DEC Forest Rangers came to the rescue earlier this month of a hunter who was stuck and hanging by his feet in his tree stand for more than two hours.

That incident and two others involving Forest Ranger rescues were highlighted in a report this week by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. All specifics below were supplied by the DEC.

Town of Randolph, Cattaraugus County

Wilderness Rescue: “On Nov. 5 at 2:30 p.m., Forest Ranger Bob Rogers responded to a rescue for an individual hanging from his tree stand in the woods off Hotchkiss Road in the town of Randolph. Upon arrival, Ranger Rogers and members of the Chautauqua County Tech Rescue team rode into the woods on a Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s UTV to the location of the accident.

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Climate Change Threatens Arizona’s Forest Birds

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New Audubon report shows about half of Arizona’s birds are vulnerable.

When most folks think of Arizona, they think of the saguaro cactus and red rocks. But the ecology of the 48th state is…

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Bear-hound attack shocks hunting community

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By Christopher Ross/Addison Independent

Editor’s note: This story is second in a series. The first, “Bear-hunting hounds attack hikers and pup,” was published in the Mountain Times, Nov. 6.

Members of the bear-hound hunting community, along with state officials, have expressed shock over an Oct. 19 incident on the Catamount Trail in Ripton, in which five bear-hounds attacked a couple and their puppy.

Such an incident has never happened before, say supporters, who characterize their sport as having a positive culture with strict practices and high standards.

Brandon resident Wayne Newton, whose bear-hounds were involved with the incident, has been charged with a criminal violation of 10 App. V.S.A. § 7.63a, which reads, “A person shall not take black bear with the aid of dogs unless the person is in control of the dog or dogs.” According to Vermont statutes, “Control of Dog/Dogs” means “the transportation, loading…

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Climate Change Might Hit the Economy Harder and Faster Than Thought

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  • Oxford Economics report reviews latest scientific data
  • Global warming may shave off up to 7.5% of global GDP by 2050
How Rising Temperatures Can Fry the Economy

The economic effects of global warming may arrive sooner and with a bigger impact than previously thought, according to Oxford Economics in a report that compares recent scientific research with the economic literature on the costs of climate change.

In the absence of efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions, the earth could warm by 2 degrees celsius by 2050, cutting global gross domestic product by 2.5% to 7.5%, Oxford estimates, with the worst affected countries being in Africa and Asia. Longer term, a rise in temperatures of 4 degrees by 2100 could cut output by as much as 30%.

Economist James Nixon partly based his analysis on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate…

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Natural Solutions to Climate Change

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We’re starting a new campaign to fight climate change the natural way

Audubon’s new report, Survival by Degrees, offers a jarring look at the impacts of climate change on the birds we love. In Washington state, over half of bird species will be vulnerable to extinction by the end of the century if we continue down our current path. But the most important takeaway from our latest report isn’t that birds are facing a crisis – it’s that we have the power in our hands to protect birds and people from the worst impacts of a changing climate.

By taking action – personally and politically…

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