Commuters say a squirrel bounded onto a Red Line trolley Monday morning at an aboveground stop, prompting some passengers to hop onto their seats.
Passenger Rosanne Foley, the executive director of the Boston Landmarks Commission, posted a Twitter photo of the squirrel resting on another person’s arm. She tells boston.comsomeone even tried to feed the rodent a piece of granola bar.
The rodent rider was let off by passengers at another aboveground station.
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority spokeswoman Lisa Battiston commended the kindness of passengers but warned against interacting with wild animals on a train.
Conservationists focused on wolf recovery know it can be one of the state’s most controversial topics, and dueling wolf bills now show the divide between politics east and west of the Cascades.
The first bill was proposed by Rep. Sherry Appleton, D-Bainbridge Island. It reads, “The department may not authorize the killing of gray wolves”. HB 1045 would make it illegal for the state to kill wolves for attacking livestock and instead force their relocation.
Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, lives in wolf territory and filed a bill in response. HB 1639 would create a wolf sanctuary on Bainbridge Island so problem wolves can live there instead and locals can benefit from “the largely untapped wolf tourism industry.”
“It’s a response to a really insulting bill,” Kretz said.
Kretz says his constituents are constantly plagued with the challenges of wolf recovery and a bill that would ban killing wolves could ruin their rural economy.
“The big impact is the stress on the cattle. I had a rancher sell 200 of his best cows a summer ago because they had been harassed all summer long. They came in, I have pictures, they were two for 300 pounds on your way. They are skin and bones. They don’t have a calf by their side. And they’re not pregnant. They are crazy for being run all summer long,” he said.
Hunting trips are meant to be a relief, a getaway from the hustle and bustle of daily life and its schedules. To some people, hunting as a sport or an activity might appear excessive, and cruel, but it is known that in moderation, hunting is actually sometimes useful for the regeneration and restoration of equilibrium in wildlife. While many absolutely love to go hunting, many are just starting anew, and it would be easy for hunters to get a little restless and bored during the waiting period. So here are a few tips to shake off boredom while on a hunting trip.
These days, nearly everyone has a fully equipped smartphone on which one can listen to music, watch videos and play games. If the battery power of your phone is good, you can always use it for these purposes, but in limitation, because you’ll probably need to save a bit of battery for later. A more old-fashioned but reliable form of entertainment is a paperback novel. Reading, especially in nature, is relaxing, and will not distract you from the hunt.
Observation and inventory
While waiting for the target animal or bird to appear in your line of sight, it is fun as well as useful to look around, listen, and observe other kinds of wildlife and flora in the area. Sometimes there is a pattern in other animals’ or birds’ movements or sounds, which helps in understanding and perhaps even predicting when the target might appear. Keeping written notes with freehand illustrations and comments is a neat, clever and fun activity to do when waiting.
Broadening the spectrum
One size does not fit all, but sometimes you can look at the possibility of hunting other game while waiting for your primary target. At the very least, you may get to see a glimpse of other animals and birds, while trying to understand how to hunt them. This will make you prepared for hunting a lot of different wildlife. You might track another animal or bird while waiting for a deer, as a general example. However, be aware of hunting regulations and restrictions wherever you go for hunting. Hunting certain animals is prohibited in some areas, such as the recent ban proposal about coyote hunting in Wisconsin.
Keep your team members interested
If your team is along, keeping your team members from getting bored is the toughest challenge, especially if the members are first time hunters. Make sure it’s like a game for them, while teaching them the important safety regulations just as seriously. Get them their own camouflage clothing and gear to make them feel more involved.
Relax your mind
Nature’s sounds are never jarring; it is easy to close one’s eyes and settle down into a light meditative mode. This also awakens your sense of smell and hearing, both of which are critically important for a hunter.
There is a lot to see and to experience when surrounded by nature, and a hunting trip is as good as any other outing, to feel close to nature and enjoy some peace.
[Hunt each other and leave the animals alone]
Play Russian Roulette with your huntin’ buddies; Or better yet, point your gun at your own head and try to put yourself out of your misery (a bit extreme, but better than being bored, right?).
[Other Ideas are welcome in the Comments section below…]
The African Pachyderm Organisation stunned conservationists by ending a long-standing moratorium on the crushing of rich tossers who think slaughtering rare wildlife somehow makes up for the loveless pantomime that is their life.
Tembo, a Tanzanian bull elephant and PR director for the APO, denied the move was linked to the steady increase of privileged bellends called Troy or Donald Jr going to Africa and pretending that shooting a large animal from the safety of a Land Rover is a life-affirming experience.
He explained, “We are doing it to enhance the ecological health of the Rich Prick subspecies, particularly in America.
“They have been too long removed from having to fend for themselves and the degeneracy is showing. We are seeing highly aggressive behaviour combined with physical cowardice and horrendous mating habits based on intimidation and humiliation. A cull is long overdue.”
Tembo also denied the unrestricted squishing of narcissist wankers emulating Hemingway would hurt the tourist trade in already impoverished countries.
He went on, “Quite the opposite. The end of restrictions will mean great windfalls for local communities.
“The APO is fully committed to the principles of Sustainable Squishing. Our crushers work with rural humans to track and bait the trigger-happy fuckwits with promises of macabre selfies next to dead apex predators.
“Tribal elders are always consulted to help select the most egregious gun-nuts for a good trampling.
“The locals take all the spoils and a share of the squishing fee. Did you know that the personal effects of a Florida orthodontist can buy a whole new schoolhouse for a Zambian village?”
The GOP nominee demonstrated how thin-skinned he is on Sunday morning by blasting the show for mocking him.
The brash businessman tweeted out his anger by first claiming that “SNL” had performed a “hit job” on him.
He also said Alec Baldwin’s portrayal of him “stinks” and that it was “time to retire the boring and unfunny show.” Trump conveniently forgot, however, that he actually hosted the show just 11 months ago in November 2015.
Trump lobbed in his usual “media rigging election” allegation Sunday for good measure.
Bewildered Twitter users responded by asking exactly why a presidential candidate was even commenting on the satirical skits.
Baldwin’s portrayal of Trump has earned the actor rave reviews. But don’t take our word for it.
Check out his spot-on impression of the former reality TV personality during the second presidential debate, which aired this weekend, here: