More on: Suspected rhino poacher is killed by an elephant and then eaten by lions in South Africa

(CNN)Only a skull and a pair of trousers remained after a suspected rhino poacher was killed by an elephant and then eaten by lions in Kruger National Park, South African National Parks said.

The incident happened after the man entered the park Monday with four others to target rhinos, according to a parks service statement.
An elephant “suddenly” attacked the alleged poacher, killing him, and “his accomplices claimed to have carried his body to the road so that passersby could find it in the morning. They then vanished from the Park,” police said.
His family were notified of his death late Tuesday by his fellow poachers, and a search party set out to recover the body. Rangers scoured on foot and police flew over the area, but because of failing light it could not be found.
The search resumed Thursday morning and, with the help of added field rangers, police discovered what was left of his body.
Police say they arrested three men and seized guns following the alleged poacher's death.

“Indications found at the scene suggested that a pride of lions had devoured the remains leaving only a human skull and a pair of pants,” the statement said.
Glenn Phillips, the managing executive of Kruger National Park, extended his condolences to the man’s family.
“Entering Kruger National Park illegally and on foot is not wise, it holds many dangers and this incident is evidence of that,” he warned. “It is very sad to see the daughters of the deceased mourning the loss of their father, and worse still, only being able to recover very little of his remains.”
Three individuals who joined the illegal hunt were arrested Wednesday by the South African Police Service, and officers continue to investigate what happened.
The suspects appeared in Komatipoort Magistrate Court on Friday to face charges of possessing firearms and ammunition without a license, conspiracy to poach and trespassing. A judge remanded them to custody and they will be back in court this week, pending a formal bail application.
The African rhino is targeted for its horn because of the belief among some who practice Eastern medicine that the horn has benefits as an aphrodisiac, making it more valuable than cocaine in parts of the world.
Lions left only the poacher's skull and a pair of his pants, officials say.

Of special concern is the black rhino, which is considered critically endangered after its population tumbled from about 65,000 to 1970 to 2,400 in 1995, according to Kruger National Park. Conservation efforts have boosted their numbers, and the world’s remaining 5,000 or so black rhinos live predominantly in South Africa, Namibia, Kenya and Zimbabwe.
In 2016, there were between 349 and 465 black rhinos living at Kruger and between 6,600 and 7,800 white rhinos, who also suffer from poaching, South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs said.
Kruger is considered an intensive protection zone, and the government employs a range of resources to deter poaching, including aircraft, dogs, special rangers and an environmental crime investigation unit.
Of the 680 poaching and trafficking arrests made in 2016 by the South African Police Service, 417 were in and around Kruger, the department said. In September, the department announced that six men — including two syndicate leaders, two police officers and a former police officer — had been arrested for trafficking in rhino horns.

Killed by conibear traps: Province urged to require warning signs be posted to prevent further deaths

Citizen whose dog was killed in Port Elgin comes forward following Dundalk dog’s death

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Within the last two years, both Winston (top left) and Bella (bottom) have been killed after getting caught in conibear traps. Bella’s owner, Paul Wildeboer, wants the province to require trappers post mandatory signage near where they have placed or set these traps. – Photos by Paul Wildeboar and Jackson Sister’s Photography

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is investigating after Dundalk resident Cheryl Ireland’s dog Winston was killed by a trap located in a field near Mill Street and Braemore Street. This photo of Ireland with her dog before the birth of her newborn, was taken in the field where the dog died on Thursday (Nov. 15). – Jackson Sister’s Photography

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Here is a picture of the conibear trap that killed Paul Wildeboer’s dog on a golf course in Port Elgin in November of 2017.

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Here is an example of how conibear traps can be placed or set on the ground using a marshmallow as bait. – Courtesy of Paul Wildeboer

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Paul Wildeboer and his wife, Judy, are seen with their shepherd cross Bella, who was killed by a conibear trap set on a golf course in Port Elgin in November of 2017. – Courtesy of Paul Wildeboer

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As a ministry investigation into the death of a Dundalk dog killed by a conibear trap continues, a man whose dog suffered a similar fate wants the province to better safeguard people and their pets from these “body-gripping” traps.

“It should be mandatory (for trappers) to post warning signs. For example, ‘Danger, do not enter. Animal control in progress,’” said Paul Wildeboer, whose 70-pound shepherd cross was killed by a conibear trap on a golf course in Port Elgin back in November 2017.

“They not only pose a danger to animals but people and rescuers as well,” he added. “For convenient placement and pick up these traps are generally set near walking trails, snowmobile trails and paths where families, children and hikers are known to walk.”

In the early afternoon of Nov. 15, Dundalk resident Cheryl Ireland’s mother, Elaine, and her friend were walking her dog, Winston, in a large field behind their home near Mill and Braemore streets.

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Suddenly, they heard a loud yelp and discovered Winston had been caught in a conibear trap. The dog, a Great Dane, bullmastiff and husky mix, died shortly afterwards.

“They did everything they could to try and keep him alive. (My mom) got some neighbours to try and help, but by the time they went out there, it was too late. He was gone,” Ireland said following the incident, noting a smaller trap was also discovered nearby.

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) spokesperson Jolanta Kowalski reports the investigation into Winston’s death is ongoing. She said the MNRF recently reached out to the public for any information that could help the case.

“The MNRF has been here twice since (Nov. 16) but still haven’t really got anywhere. We do know who it is and (the investigator) has been to his house,” Ireland told The Banner.

“Nothing has come from it that I know of,” she explained. “(The investigator) will be going to pay him another visit soon as far as I know.”

Baker City man killed when hunting rifle accidentally discharged

The accident happened at a home in Unity, Oregon.

BAKER CITY, Ore. — A Baker City man has died following a hunting accident, according to the Baker County Sheriff’s Office.

It happened Tuesday at around 6 p.m. at a home in Unity, Oregon.

Deputies say they found the victim, George Sherman Van Cleave, next to a pickup in a driveway.

The sheriff’s office says another man, Richard Toubeaux, was securing a rifle in the pickup after the parties returned from a hunting trip.

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The rifle discharged and hit Van Cleave.

Toubeaux is not charged. The sheriff’s office calls the incident a “tragic accident.”

Dog loses leg after caught in trap, prompting renewed calls to ban trapping

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – It’s a hotly debated topic in New Mexico: whether or not to ban animal trapping. Now, a local rescue group is pushing for the ban after a lost pup barely escaped with his life.

When Argos Animal Rescue first found Kekoa, they didn’t think he would make it through the night. Now, after a miraculous recovery, he’s acting as their poster pup for change.

“Kekoa means warrior in Hawaiian,” said Kim Domina, Argos Dog Rescue founder. “Strength of a warrior and I think that’s what Kekoa is.”

A warrior who survived days with his leg caught in a steel trap.

“Officer Rico said that he was definitely caught in a leg-hold trap of some kind,” Domina explained. “And that he probably was there for a couple days.”

On November 27, Argos Animal Rescue and K-9 Rehab got a call about the horrific conditions Valencia County Animal Control found Kekoa in.

“He tried to chew his own leg off. He does have pretty horrific injuries,” Domina said. “He had bite wounds all over his entire body. We ended up having to amputate his leg because it was fractured.”

Tracie Dulniak with the K-9 Rehab Institute says this type of injury is becoming more and more common.

“We get a lot of these dogs that are coming in from other counties and other states that have been severely abused or injured through traps,” Dulniak said.

This leaves the injured dogs with emotional, physical and mental scars, a concern that Trap Free New Mexico says should be addressed.

“We shouldn’t have to rely on New Mexican’s dogs stuck in traps until we abolish the practice,” said Christopher Smith, advocate for Trap Free New Mexico.

It is a practice that state legislators have tried to ban before, but has remained legal.

Current laws say a trap must be 25 feet or more from a trail and checked every day. The only possible changes coming to the law, at this point, is that Game and Fish is considering increasing the setback requirement to 50 feet.

“Minor tweaks to the regulations aren’t going to keep people safe,” Smith said. “It’s not going to keep many pets safe but also, it’s not going to keep our native wildlife safe.”

Kekoa’s medical bills have exceeded $3,000. Argos Rescue and K-9 Rehab are now asking for help with those bills and boarding and are searching for a skilled foster parent to care for him because no one has claimed him.

KRQE News 13 reached out to the New Mexico Trappers Association for comment, but did not hear back.

More cases reported of dogs caught in traps at Island Lake State Park in Brighton

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More people have come forward about their dogs being caught in traps at Island Lake State Recreation Area in Green Oak Township.

Green Oak Township resident Mark Timney reported an incident to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources involving his female German short hair pointerdog being caught in a trap there on Oct. 25. His dog was not on a leash, he said.

“When I reported it to the DNR hotline, the officer informed me that yet another dog discovered (but was not caught in) the trap earlier that morning. So it appears this is not a one-off incident. That area of the park is used daily by many people who train their dogs off the leash,” Timney said.

Timney also provided a photo of the trap, located about 50 feet outside of the Spring Hill mining operation near McCabe Road, which shows a chain-linked and clamp-like mechanism.

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“Fortunately, I was able to release her,” Timney said.

He said he came back two days after the incident and the trap was gone.

“I’ve been walking my dog there for years and never encountered a trap,” said Timney, who said he continues to take his dog to the park.

The Green Oak Township Fire Department was called to an incident on Oct. 18 to get a trap open to release a dog caught in it, the department confirmed on Tuesday.

Brighton resident Jamie Tobbe said her dogs got caught in a trap in the park on Oct. 29 and although they were not hurt, were frightened after the incident.

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Andrew Haapala, unit manager of Island Lake State Recreation Area, could not be reached for comment.

At the time of the incident involving Tobbe’s dogs, Haapala said the traps were put there legally and that trapping is legal on state-owned land.

In order to place a trap on state land, it must be marked with the name of the trapper and a Michigan Department of Natural Resources identification number.

More on: Man Dies from Extremely Rare Disease After Eating Squirrel Brains

Man Dies from Extremely Rare Disease After Eating Squirrel Brains

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A man in New York developed an extremely rare and fatal brain disorder after he ate squirrel brains, according to a new report of the man’s case.

In 2015, the 61-year-old man was brought to a hospital in Rochester, New York, after experiencing a decline in his thinking abilities and losing touch with reality, the report said. The man had also lost the ability to walk on his own.

An MRI of the man’s head revealed a striking finding: The brain scan looked similar to those seen in people with variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), a fatal brain condition caused by infectious proteins called prions. Only a few hundred cases of vCJD have ever been reported, and most were tied to consumption of contaminated beef in the United Kingdom in the 1980s and 1990s. (In cows, vCJD is commonly called “mad cow disease.”)

But in this case, the man had another dietary habit that could have raised his risk for vCJD: His family said he liked to hunt, and it was reported that he had eaten squirrel brains, said Dr. Tara Chen, a medical resident at Rochester Regional Health and lead author of the report. It’s unclear if the man consumed the entire squirrel brain or just squirrel meat that was contaminated with parts of squirrel brain, Chen said. [27 Oddest Medical Cases]

Chen didn’t treat the patient, but she uncovered the case while writing a report on suspected Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease cases seen at her hospital in the last five years.

The report was presented on Oct. 4 at IDWeek, a meeting of several organizations focused on infectious diseases.

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is a progressive neurological disorder that affects only about 1 in a million people each year worldwide, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). It’s a “debilitating disease” that progresses quickly and usually results in death within one year of diagnosis, Chen told Live Science. There is no treatment or cure.

The disease results from prion proteins that fold abnormally, leading to lesions in the brain.

There are three forms of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD): one that is inherited, one that comes from exposure to infected tissue from the brain or nervous system (this form includes vCJD), and one type that is “sporadic” and does not appear to have a genetic or environmental cause.

The sporadic type is the most common, responsible for 85 percent of cases, according to the NIH.

Because CJD is so rare, doctors at Rochester Regional Health were surprised when four suspected cases of the disease occurred at the hospital within a six-month period, from November of 2017 to April of 2018. That number is higher than expected based on the population of the Rochester area, which has about 1 million people, said study co-author Dr. John Hanna, also a medical resident at Rochester Regional Health.

This high number of suspected CJD cases prompted Chen, Hanna and colleagues to conduct a review of suspected CJD cases occurring at their hospital from 2013 to 2018. (Five cases were identified, but two of those five ultimately tested negative for CJD.)

That’s when the doctors came across the case tied to squirrel brains. Tests indicated that this was a “probable” case of vCJD because of the MRI finding and a test that showed specific proteins in the patient’s cerebrospinal fluid, which often indicate the disease.

However, CJD can be confirmed only with a test of brain tissue on autopsy at death. Although the patient passed away after his diagnosis, Chen and colleagues are working to obtain access to his medical records to see if CJD was confirmed at autopsy. If so, such a confirmation would be highly unusual; only four confirmed cases of vCJD have ever been reported in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The review of the five cases revealed a concerning finding: Diagnosis of the condition was often delayed; in one case, about two weeks passed before doctors suspected that a patient had CJD. In that case, the patient, a 65-year-old woman, had undergone plasmapheresis, a blood-filtering procedure, and a gynecological surgery before her diagnosis.

Quick diagnosis of CJD is important, because infectious prions could contaminate equipment used on patients with the disease, and this might transmit the condition to others if the equipment is not properly cleaned.

Diagnosis may be delayed, in part, because CJD is rare and is not “on the tip of the physician’s mind” when assessing a patient, Hanna told Live Science. In addition, once doctors suspect CJD and order a cerebrospinal fluid test, it typically takes around two weeks to get the test results.

The report highlights the need for doctors to keep CJD diagnosis in mind and for hospitals to have “policies for infection control when it comes to CJD,” Hanna said.

Originally published on Live Science.

Hunter rescued from sewer drain

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ALLAMUCHY — A 47-year-old hunter fell approximately six feet into an open sewer drain Friday night after allegedly shooting a deer with a bow and arrow in violation of the state’s 150-foot safety zone for bowhunting in residential areas.

The man, who sustained a head injury in the accident, later was flown to Morristown Medical Center.

Authorities were alerted to the accident, which occurred in a wooded area near the intersection of Old Allamuchy Road and County Road 517, shortly after 8 p.m. Friday.

Members of the Hackettstown Police Department, Hackettstown Rescue Squad and Hackettstown Fire Department arrived on the scene minutes later, as did paramedics from Saint Clare’s Health, where they observed the man in the sewer drain.

Firefighters and rescue squad volunteers rescued the man shortly afterward and transferred him to an Atlantic Ambulance helicopter.

Through a preliminary investigation, police determined that the man fell into the sewer drain while he and another person were attempting to retrieve the deer’s carcass. Although the man has not yet been charged, police indicated that it was determined through further investigation that he was hunting in illegal proximity to a nearby apartment building.

State law requires those engaged in bowhunting on lands to be at least 150 feet from a residential dwelling, and at least 450 feet from a school playground.

Those hunting with firearms must also do so from a minimum of 450 feet away from a residential building or school playground.

The matter remains under ongoing investigation by police, who are being assisted by the state Division of Fish and Wildlife.

‘Hunting dog’ abandoned with serious injuries after being hit by car

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A dog who was ‘left for dead’ with serious leg injuries is recovering at an RSPCA hospital.

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Five-year-old Saluki Zach was found with serious injuries on Fambridge Road in Maldon earlier this month.

“Poor Zach was being used for some sort of hunting when he was injured. Salukis and lurcher types are often used for illegal blood sports such as hare coarsing and locals tell us he was being used to chase rabbits and hares across the fields. Unfortunately, Zach seems to have chased something into the road where he was hit – according to witnesses – by a car travelling at around 50mph. He suffered severe leg injuries and his owners left the scene and simply left him for dead. Thankfully, some kind members of the public helped him and contacted us right away so we were able to get him the veterinary attention he needed.”

– CAROLINE ALLEN, RSPCA
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Zach Credit: RSPCA

Zach suffered a broken leg and also had a nasty open wound. He will require surgery although vets hope to save the leg.

“Poor Zach was absolutely terrified and must have been in so much pain, it’s despicable that his owners could see him hurt so seriously in this accident and simply drive away and leave him there in agony.”

– CAROLINE ALLEN, RSPCA
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Zach Credit: RSPCA

Police were also called to the scene after the driver of the car failed to stop following the accident.

HIKER WARNS OF DANGERS AFTER DOG CAUGHT IN TRAP NEAR RED ROCK


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The owner of the dog holds up the trap that seriously injured their pet (FOX5).The owner of the dog holds up the trap that seriously injured their pet (FOX5).

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) –A dog suffered serious injuries after being caught in a leg trap near a popular trail, according to a witness who was hiking near the area.

Brandon Kennedy said he hikes at Little Red Rock once or twice a month. Little Red Rock is an area north of Red Rock Canyon, that boasts trails and unique rock formations.

But while Kennedy was hiking with friends on Friday, he heard screaming.

“Almost like bloody murder,” Kennedy said.

He said the screams were coming from a couple hiking nearby, and when he went to help them, he found a dog severely injured after it’s leg was caught in a trap set up near the trail.

“Their dog went over into a bush to go to the bathroom and then ended up stepping right into the trap and it closed on him,” Kennedy said. “The pup broke some teeth trying to get the trap off it because it went down on its leg.”

Trapping is legal in Nevada, as long as the person setting the trap has a license and follows a list of regulations. On its website, the Nevada Department of Wildlife advises trappers to “be considerate of those who enjoy the outdoors,” and to “avoid setting traps near neighborhoods or along trails frequented by others.” Kennedy said in this case, the trapper ignored that advice.

“It was right where you would hike up onto the rocks. That trap was not in the right area where it should have been,” Kennedy said. “People are going up there for the serenity of nature and not really paying attention, but now, it’s crazy. You really have to have your eyes open.”

Upstate man killed in apparent hunting accident

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ANDERSON Co., S.C. (WSPA) — One person is dead in what appears to be a hunting accident in Anderson County.

Authorities received a call around 8:35 p.m. Wednesday about a hog-hunting accident on Gentry Road in Starr, Anderson County Deputy Coroner Charlie Boseman said.

Boseman said it appears a hunter was killed in an accidental shooting.

The victim has been identified as Kenneth Jason Young, 40, of Starr.

Boseman said Young lived on Good Hope Church Road and was hunting in a nearby field. Boseman said a man and woman were also hunting hogs. They were not hunting with Young, nor did they know him, according to Boseman.

He said the woman was using a heat sensor scope and fired a shot – not realizing she was shooting at a person, Boseman said.

It appears Young was kneeling when he was fatally wounded.

The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office and S.C. Department of Natural Resources are investigating the shooting.