Squirrel hunting felon charged with possession of a firearm

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Charles Lynn Johnson
Charles Lynn Johnson

A Rome man turned himself in at the Floyd County Jail on Thursday night, charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

According to Floyd County Jail reports:

Charles Lynn Johnson, 50, 613 Chulio Road, was supposedly hunting squirrel on Lewis Barrett Boulevard on January 6. He admitted to having possession of a shotgun and rifle while being interviewed by authorities at his home.

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Hunter Shot Georgia at Turkey Youth Weekend

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Reportedly, a hunter was shot Saturday morning in Early Co Georgia by another hunter, while participating in Georgia’s Youth Season, which occurs a week prior to the General Turkey season which will open March 23rd.

Details are still sketchy, but reportedly, the injured hunter was flown to a Dothan Alabama Hospital with chest wounds.

It is thought that the parties involved were all part of the same hunting club in western Early Co.

This incident is a stark reminder that hunting accidents can happen anytime or anywhere and all precautions and safety measures should be taken to avoid injury.

Additional information and clarification will be posted as it is made available from official sources.

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Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Farm-produced meat comes with hefty side of slaughtered wildlife

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“I know absolutely that the cover-up of the illegal killing of domestic pets, the illegal poisoning of wildlife, and the illegal use of 1080 and M-44s is still going on.” ~ Shaddox, former Wildlife Services employee, March 2016.

Eating farm animals comes along with a hefty side of tortured and slaughtered wildlife. Sliced buffalo, chopped cougar, minced wolf and creamed coyote pup are appetizers alongside every “cheap” hamburger or lamb chop.

Across the planet, wildlife and their habitat are being destroyed to graze livestock for meat production. The rain forests of the world, with all their diversity, have been razed to grow feed and graze cattle. Livestock comprise 60 percent of the world’s mammals, humans 36 percent, and only 4 percent are wild. Sixty percent of large wild mammals face extinction right now. Humans choosing to eat animals bears much of the blame.

In addition to destroying wildlife habitat…

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Winter varmint hunting a true challenge

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Jack Thibodeau of Portland enjoyed success on his first coyote hunt in Aroostook County, he vows to be back for many more outings. (Courtesy of Bill Graves)

Aroostook residents are enduring a particularly rough winter, and for sportsmen it has been even more challenging. Snow arrived and disappeared in October, then showed up again the first week of November and stayed with three storms before Thanksgiving. Ducks and geese were gone south quickly, costing waterfowl hunters at least three weeks of normal hunting. While record-breaking snowfall attracts and pleases snowmobilers from far and wide, ice fishermen and especially hunters are having a tough go of it.

High roadside banks and deep, drifted snow in fields and on lakes make access difficult on unplowed roads and non-maintained trails. Ice anglers spend a lot of extra time shoveling and slogging through snow…

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Here’s a running list of all the ways climate change has altered Earth in 2019

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Earth is now the warmest it’s been in some 120,000 years. Eighteen of the last 19 years have been the warmest on record. And concentrations of carbon dioxide — a potent greenhouse gas — are likely the highest they’ve been in 15 million years.

The consequences of such a globally-disrupted climate are many, and it’s understandably difficult to keep track. To help, here’s a list of climate-relevant news that has transpired in 2019, from historically unprecedented disappearances of ice, to flood-ravaged cities. As more news comes out, the list will be updated.

1. Guess what? U.S. carbon emissions popped back up in a big way

Carbon dioxide emissions from air travel rose in 2018.
Carbon dioxide emissions from air travel rose in 2018.


In early 2019, the Rhodium Group — a research institution that analyzes global economic and environmental trends — released a report finding…

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Letter: Time to end the twisted tradition of trapping

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Dear Editor,

I read with unsettled interest about the starving mother cougar who was put down, leaving her dependent young to a life sentence behind bars in a zoo where they can be gawked and gaped at by all manner of selfie-snappin’ city-dwellers (“Cougar cubs captured after adult female euthanized” MVN, March 13, 2019). What caught my attention, besides that yet another Methow cougar ‘had to be’ killed, was that it happened along the Twisp-Carlton Road and it appeared she had been injured escaping a leg-hold trap. I can tell you firsthand that getting an animal’s foot out of one of those evil torture-devices is no simple task—an intense trauma for everyone involved.

Some years back, off that very same road, my shepherd/lab/malmute mix stepped in a rusty, old trap that clamped down onto his front paw, prying his toes apart. He cried out in terror and frantically tried to…

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12 signs we’re in the middle of a 6th mass extinction

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dead fish
A skeleton of a fish lies forgotten on the dry bed of Lake Peñuelas outside Santiago, Chile.
 Eliseo Fernandez/Reuters
  • The planet is undergoing a sixth mass extinction, the sixth time in the history of life on Earth that global fauna has experienced a major collapse in numbers.
  • Historically, mass extinctions have been caused by catastrophic events like asteroid collisions. This time, human activities are to blame.
  • The primary culprits are deforestation, mining, and carbon-dioxide emissions, which cause the planet to heat up.
  • As a result, insects are dying off at record rates, animal species are experiencing “ biological annihilation,” and invasive aliens are driving native species to extinction.

The phrase “mass extinction” typically conjures images of the asteroid crash that led to the twilight of the dinosaurs.

Upon impact, that 6-mile-wide space rock caused a tsunami in the Atlantic Ocean, along with earthquakes…

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Letter: Renewed hunting of gray wolves would endanger them again

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US plans end to wolf protections; critics say it's premature
FILE – In this Sept. 26, 2018, file photo, provided by the National Park Service, a 4-year-old female gray wolf emerges from her cage as it released at Isle Royale National Park in Michigan. U.S. wildlife officials plan to lift protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states, a move certain to re-ignite the legal battle over a predator that’s rebounding in some regions and running into conflicts with farmers and ranchers, an official told The Associated Press. (National Park Service via AP, File)

After reading “The U.S. plans to lift protections for gray wolves” (March 10), I believe that the future for the gray wolves is bleak. Part of the reason gray wolves are endangered is that they were hunted and poisoned as if they were pests. Allowing them to be hunted once again will most likely put them…

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Uganda’s lion population drops by 33%

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Lions in Queen Elizabeth national park

Lions in Queen Elizabeth national park

Lions have reduced by 33 per cent in Uganda’s game reserves over the last 10 years. This is according to the findings of a census undertaken in Murchison Falls, Kidepo and Queen Elizabeth national parks.

The finding shows that in the three parks, the number of lions has reduced from 600 to 400 in the past decade. The biggest decline was recorded in Murchison Falls, where the ‘king of the beasts’ decreased from 320 to 130 animals.

The executive director of the Wildlife Conservation Society, Simon Nandipo attributes the trend to the weak legal framework against poaching and wildlife trafficking in the country, human activities which include, among others, wire snares and wheel traps, and conflict with communities neighbouring the parks.

  • Nandipo says that the animals are trafficked out of the country through the different entry and exit points, including the…

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Letter: Spilling more wolf blood won’t save caribou

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A gray wolf walks along an old forest road in north central Washington state. (Conservation Northwest)

Despite compelling evidence that caribou will disappear without mature forests, a recent report risks their survival by giving cover for government to ramp up wolf killing while allowing industry to continue destroying critical habitat. The authors claim that “intensive population treatments” — aerial gunning and strychnine poisoning of wolves, hunting of cougar, moose and deer, and maternal pens for caribou — are necessary until we Canadians understand that unless we use natural resources more responsibly caribou will vanish.

The report Saving Endangered Species Using Adaptive Management not only lacks scientific rigor in its design, but should also be questioned for side-stepping an ethical review process that would have prohibited its publication. Unlike provincial biologists, academics are not allowed to conduct inhumane research, let alone publish it. But…

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