Fisherman dies from gun shot wound after getting caught in a bear trap

By The Siberian Times reporter
12 September 2017

47 year old man killed after investigating a barrel which was a lethal makeshift trap with firearm attached.

A makeshift trap with a gun attached

The fisherman and a friend had stopped their car 80 kilometres from their village of Magistralny in Irkutsk region.

One of the friends walked into the forest and evidently checked out a makeshift trap with a gun attached.

He looked inside the barrel where there was bait for bears, and disturbed the trap sufficiently for the gun to shoot. He died on the spot, according to the Russian Investigative Committee.

His friend heard the shot and rushed to find the man.

The man loaded his friends body into the boot of his  VAZ-2121 car and drove back to the village which is 470 kilometres northeast of the village.

Fisherman dies from gun shot wound after getting caught in a bear trap

Fisherman dies from gun shot wound after getting caught in a bear trap

The probe continues to find the owner of the gun, and builder of the trap

Pictures of the trap with the man’s blood were released by police. Investigators say neither man owned the gun which shot the man.

The probe continues to find the owner of the gun, and builder of the trap.

The area is known to be full of wild bears.


Old ammunition found in bears

Two polar bears killed last summer were both shot with a shotgun earlier.

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Old ammunition was discovered in a two-year-old bear killed by a Russian researcher at Forelandet. The researcher was fined 15,000 kroner. FOTO: The Governor of Svalbard, Facsimile: Svalbardposten

A female polar bear was shot last June at Austfjordnes. An autopsy revealed shotgun ammunition in her body. Two months later another female bear was shot by Russian researchers at Forlandet. It also had been hit by such ammunition.

“There was ammunition that was encapsulated in the fat and the meat of the bears,” said Knut Fossum, environmental director for The Governor of Svalbard. “It was obvious that this had not happened when they were killed. Our interpretation of it is both of the bears were previously shot with pellets.”

Fossum said he believes it was done to scare the bears.

“We take a serious view of the findings and remind people that it is associated with criminal liability to harm polar bears,” he said.

Many shotgun pellets
The governor did not receive any reports of shotguns being used against polar bears despite a requirement people do so.

“Whether it’s customary or some perception that pellets are good for intimidation, it’s not right,” Fossum said. “It’s not a legal intimidation method or something we in any way accept.”

He said he does not know specifically how much ammunition was in the bears.

“But there were obviously many shotgun pellets in both,” he said.

Shotguns are short-range weapons and pellets spread out widely. Pellets were found in several places in both bears.

“Based on the amount of pellets they can’t have been shot at a very long range,” Fossum said.

Inflammation found
Fossum said he isn’t aware of any previous incidents where polar bears were found with shotgun ammunition in them.

Is he concerned there may be more bears that have been hit?

“It’s only speculation, but when we have two cases in a short period of time there is reason to remind people that this is neither lawful nor desirable to scare bears with pellets,” he said.

Pellets were found in connections between skin and muscle tissue in both bears.

“In several places inflammation was found around where the pellets had entered,” Fossum said.

Were the bears in pain?

“It is hard to say,” Fossum said. “It is also difficult to say whether the behavior of the bears was characterized by the fact that they were previously shot. But it is clear that the chance of inflicting serious injuries upon the bears with shotgun ammunition is quite large. That can go beyond the survival of the bear and affect the safety of others who encounter it.”

Pain and irritation

Torill Mørk, a veterinarian at the Veterinary Institute in Tromsø, was not present when the autopsy on the bears occurred. But speaking generally, she said she does not believe the shotgun pellets in the bears greatly affected them since they only went through the skin.

“But there will be pain and irritation,” she said. “It will probably hurt for a while, but how bad I cannot answer.”

If the pellets penetrated deeper, or hit an eye or joint, they might do more harm.

“Usually there will probably not be that much damage to such a big and powerful animal, but it depends on how they are hit,” Mørk said. “We had a case here with a reindeer that was killed with an air rifle. There the bullet had entered between two ribs and into the chest cavity.”

The veterinarian said the ammunition was in the bears for a long time, but can’t offer a specific duration.

“It could be anything from weeks to months,” she said.

How to intimidate bears

The governor recommends using a signal pistol to scare bears and a rifle for protection in life-threatening situations.

“A rifle is considered the most effective and safe instrument for self-defense against bears,” Fossum said.

Bird hunting trip goes wrong when one accidentally killed


IPOH: A bird hunting trip had gone awry for four hunters in Gerik when one of them shot and killed 24-year-old Mohamad Haniff Mat Zabidi after mistaking him for a deer.

The incident happened at a spot in the forest near the Bintang Hijau rest area along Jalan Kupang, Gerik last Sunday (Feb 18), but Mohamad Haniff’s body was discovered on Thursday (Feb 22) afternoon.

Perak Criminal Investigation Department chief Senior Asst Comm Yahya Abd Rahman said the deceased had gone hunting with his three friends using homemade shotguns.

“During the hunt, the four decided to split up. One of them fired a shot thinking it was a deer and killed Mohamad Haniff on the spot,” he said.

SAC Yahya said a special team from the Criminal Investigation Department was set up to investigate the case.

He added that they picked up the three suspects – two in their 20s and a 65-year-old man – at 9.30am on Friday (Feb 23) and said that the 65-year-old man has a firearms licence.

Earlier, Gerik OCPD Supt Ismail Che Isa said the body was discovered lying on its back.

“His family members said they last saw him on Sunday when he told them he was going hunting,” he said, adding that the body had been sent to the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital here for a post-mortem.

The three hunters have been remanded for five days until Feb 27 to assist in investigations under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.

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Posted: Nov 27, 2017 2:09 PM PSTUpdated: Nov 27, 2017 2:12 PM PST

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ST. LOUIS ( — A 9-year-old boy was shot in an apparent accident as he and his father were hunting in Franklin County Sunday morning.

Police said the shooting happened in the 1000 block of Sauer Ford Road, near Berger, Missouri. The boy was found in a wooded area on a large farm with a gunshot wound to the shoulder. The injury is not life-threatening.

Police believe the child was in a tree stand when he attempted to hand a 20-gauge shotgun to a family friend. While handing the gun down from the tree stand, the butt-end of the firearm struck a rung on the ladder, causing the gun to discharge, striking the boy.

The child was transported to St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Roadblocks to Raise Funds for Victims of Hunting

An Alabama paper, the Gadsden Times, reported the other day that a goose hunter was critically wounded by friendly fire. Apparently the victim and his buddy were both carrying loaded shotguns when his buddy slipped and hit him point blank in the side. 

They followed that article up with news that there would be a roadblock set up to collect donations to help offset the victim’s hospital costs.

My first reaction mirrored that of a Facebook friend who succinctly commented, “Un-fucking-believable.” The nerve of stopping everyone on the highway to ask that they fund a hunter’s recovery from a hunting accident! 

Then the thought came to me: two can play at that game.

I propose we set up road-blocks—everywhere there is hunting going on—to collect funds for the wildlife victims of hunting. Whenever a goose is winged by a shotgun blast, a deer is crippled by an arrow, a bear escapes on three legs from a shoulder wound or an animal is found struggling in a trap, hunters would have to pay for their rehabilitation and return to the wild. 

I guarantee if hunters had to put their money where their mouths are, it would cut down on the prolonged animal suffering inherent in the sport of hunting.




Great News for Elk: Hunting Nixed in Ecola Creek reserve

Photo  Jim Robertson

Photo Jim Robertson

By Nancy McCarthy
The Daily Astorian

CANNON BEACH — Hunting will no longer be allowed in the Ecola Creek Forest Reserve.

The Cannon Beach City Council decided Tuesday night to discontinue hunting on the north side of the city-owned 1,040-acre parcel in the Ecola Creek Watershed. The vote was 4-1, with councilors Mike Benefield, George Vetter and Melissa Cadwallader and Mayor Mike Morgan supporting a motion to ban hunting. Wendy Higgins, who said the council should fulfill its commitment to allow hunting for five years, opposed the motion.

Although the council had agreed in 2012 to allow bowhunting, and in 2013 to allow shotgun hunting in the reserve for five years, several councilors said they wanted to reconsider the decision. They pointed out that only five hunters – none of them Cannon Beach residents – had hunted in the area in the past two years.

“I did vote for the bond measure (providing $4 million for the Ecola reserve); I like to hike; I’m not a hunter, although I don’t have opposition to people who are hunters; and I definitely agree that hunting does not fit the definition of passive recreation,” said Councilor Mike Benefield.

Noting that a majority of those responding to a survey conducted when the reserve was initially proposed said they didn’t want hunting and wanted to allow only “passive recreation” in the area, Benefield called the idea of hunting “intimidating.” Benefield, who was appointed to the council to fill a vacancy several months ago, didn’t originally vote to allow hunting.

“I think the City Council made a mistake allowing hunting on the property, and I will vote to eliminate it,” Benefield said.

Morgan called it a “contentious issue” in the community.

“I think it’s barely worth the effort,” said Mayor Mike Morgan. “I think it’s time to end it.

“We’ve had only five hunters,” he added. “For all the angst and anxiety this has caused in this community, I don’t think it’s worth it.”

Those in the audience who supported hunting said they would have hunted in the reserve, but they weren’t able to acquire a tag from the Oregon Department and Fish and Wildlife, which issues tags on a lottery basis. However, the tags aren’t specifically for the Ecola Reserve but for all 800 square miles of the Saddle Mountain Unit, where hunting is allowed.

They also said the fee the city charged was a deterrent. The city charged $200 for a hunting permit during the first year and $50 last year.

“Why are you discussing this today when you agreed hunting would be allowed for five years?” asked Troy Laws, a hunter from Seaside. “It’s a matter of integrity.”

Despite hikers’ fears of potential harm when hunters are in the reserve, no problems have occurred so far, said Herman Bierdebeck, ODFW wildlife biologist. Bierdebeck said land where hunting has been allowed for generations – including the Ecola Forest Reserve before the city acquired it from the state Department of Forestry – is increasingly being removed from hunters’ access.

“You can continue this experiment,” he told the council. “There haven’t been any problems that we’re aware of, so why not let it continue?

Councilor Melissa Cadwallader, who opposed hunting in the reserve when the council originally approved it, noted that the reserve was a “very small piece of land” in the Saddle Mountain Unit. She pointed out that the city-approved management plan for the reserve provides for “adaptive management” that allows policy adjustments for the reserve’s management if changes occur.

“The surveys are not in favor of hunting, and the bond measure approving the creation of the reserve calls for passive recreation,” Cadwallader said. “I thought we had defined it.”

Although Councilor George Vetter suggested that the council consider adding a “sunset” clause allowing hunting for another year, no motion was made, and it wasn’t considered.

Duck Dynasty Gun Ads: Blowing A Duck’s Head Off Makes Phil Robertson Happy

Duck Dynasty Gun Ads: Blowing A Duck’s Head Off Makes Phil Robertson Happy

The Connecticut based weapons manufacturer Mossberg & Sons announced a partnership with the self-proclaimed “rednecks” Duck Dynasty last summer to sell a line of 12 DD themed weapons. The weapons are coated in camouflage and have the words “Faith. Family. Ducks.” displayed on them.

A series of ads featuring the Duck patriarch, Phil Robertson, aired right before Robertson made anti-LGBT and racist comments in a December GQ interview.

In one of the ads, two of the DD sons prepare to kill ducks as Father Phil recites the opening lines from the Constitution.

 “Those are rights that no government can take from you to live, be free and pursue happiness,” Robertson says in a voice-over. “You know what makes me happy, ladies and gentlemen? To blow a mallard drake’s head smooth off.”

In addition to the DD weapons that kill ducks dead, Mossberg’s website also advertises .22 caliber weapons that are “perfect for small game, plinking (and) target shooting – or cleaning cottonmouths out of your duck blind.”

Of course no Duck Dynasty weapon advertisement would be prudent without utilizing a biblical reference: “Where there is a design, there is a designer. We were designed to kill ducks.”

The DD themed weapon collection also includes military-style designs with large capacity magazines that hold at least 25 rounds that are too powerful for small game. The entire line consists of nine different shotguns, as well as two semiautomatic rifles and a semiautomatic pistol.

Mossberg says each gun will come with an American flag bandana.

After Papa Duck made his homophobic and racist comments in the GQ article, A&E announced the suspension of Robertson. Conservatives flipped out. Days later, Robertson was reinstated. …coughcoughpublicitystuntcoughcough….

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Teen dies in accidental shooting during hunting trip

By Associated Press Published: Nov 4, 2013

BURLEY, Idaho (AP) – A 16-year-old south-central Idaho boy has died after being accidentally shot while people cleaned their guns after a hunting trip.

Cassia County Sheriff Jay Heward says Ryan J. Willes of Burley died Saturday night after being struck in the neck by a shotgun blast.

Officials say a group of boys had gone hunting Saturday afternoon and were at a house in western Cassia County cleaning their weapons when one of them discharged.

[Maybe I don’t have the stomach for it, but I’m glad I wasn’t there to see  this 16 year old take a fatal shotgun blast through the neck. Deserved or not, it had to have been an ugly, traumatic (preventable*) scene. *Needless to say, all hunting accidents are preventable by following this one simple guideline: Don’t go hunting!]


Reports of bullet-riddled raptors increase as bird season opens

One had bullet holes through its wing feathers, narrowly missing the humerus bone. Another had a body peppered with lead shot. They were the lucky ones.

Red-tailed hawks and other raptors fall as unintended or illegal targets each October as upland game bird season resumes in Montana. Those that survive the blast occasionally wind up in the care of raptor rehabilitators like Rob Domenech of Wild Skies Raptor Center.

“Most of it goes untold because the birds just drop and that’s it – end of story,” Domenech said. “But last week, I got a call from the manager at the Missoula landfill who had a raptor there. He found it right near the scale house. We think it was shot in that area, because it couldn’t have gone too far with those pellets all over its body. It was lead shot, probably for upland game birds.”

The hawk is slowly recovering at a clinic on Missoula’s south side under the care of Brooke Tanner, a licensed raptor rehabilitator.

“This one was the worst I’ve seen in all my years doing rehab,” Tanner said. “Usually it’s one piece of metal. This bird had nine. It must have been far enough away because the injuries were superficial. But the bird had been on the ground several days, and the wounds smelled pretty bad. We’ll let the bones heal and treat for infection before we try to dig out the pellets.”

Tanner has also treated owls, crows and numerous other non-game birds for firearms injuries. The red-tailed hawk with the blasted wing feathers was still able to fly, so she left it in the wild.

Federal law and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act prohibit the killing of migratory raptors such as red-tailed and rough-legged hawks, and all owls. Crows don’t have that kind of protection, but most of the corvids Tanner’s seen were shot inside Missoula’s city limits, where discharging firearms is illegal.

“I get several crows every year when the babies are fledging and they’re pretty vocal,” Tanner said. “People don’t like the noise.”

With raptors, the problem may be a mistaken assumption that the birds of prey compete with two-legged hunters for pheasants and other game birds.

“Rough-legged hawks are not predators of upland birds,” said Ben Deeble, president of the Big Sky Upland Bird Association. “They have a real small foot, and eat nothing but smaller rodents. Red-tailed hawks are more generalist, and they catch the occasional upland bird. But we don’t consider hawks to be a predation problem where there’s good habitat.”

Most hawks seek mice and voles that compete with pheasants for forage in fields and meadows. Golden eagles will kill game birds, but there aren’t many of them in the Missoula or Mission valleys where bird hunters are active.

Pheasant season started Oct. 12, while other upland game birds like grouse and partridge have been legal since Sept. 1.

“Among some, there’s sentiment raptors are big birds that kill things and don’t have much other purpose,” Domenech said. “There’s some anti-predator sentiment out there. It’s disheartening someone would kill these birds. This (birdshot hawk) is a young bird, and they have 60 (percent) or 70 percent mortality in their first year of life anyway. It’s tough out there if you’re a raptor. All it takes is one bad person with a shotgun and they take out a lot of hawks.”

Lead-ing the Way in California

From Wayne Pacelle’s blog, A Humane Nation

October 11, 2013

Bullets should not keep killing long after they’ve left the barrel of a firearm. Soon, in California, they won’t.

In an act that will have major national reverberations for hunting and ammunitions manufacturing in the United States, Gov. Jerry Brown today signed legislation to make California the first state in the nation to halt the use of lead ammunition in hunting. The HSUS led the fight, along with Audubon California and Defenders of Wildlife, besting the National Rifle Association, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, and other hunting-rights lobby groups that called for the status quo and the continued incidental poisoning of countless birds and mammals, including endangered California condors, in the Golden State. Gov. Brown also signed legislation today to forbid the trapping of bobcats around Joshua Tree National Park and other national parks and wildlife refuges – a second major wildlife victory for us.

Thank you, Gov. Brown. We are immensely grateful.

The lead ammo bill, AB 711, was authored by Assemblymembers Anthony Rendon and Dr. Richard Pan, and the bobcat bill, AB 1213, was authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom. We are also so grateful to these legislative champions for pushing these important policies over the finish line.

Last year, Gov. Brown signed legislation to outlaw the use of dogs in hunting bears and bobcats, and the year before put his signature on a bill to ban the sale and possession of shark fins. He’s also signed more than 25 other animal welfare bills, protecting mountain lions, banning cruel traps and a wide range of other practices. In all, since voters passed Proposition 2 in California in 2008, state lawmakers and two governors have together enacted more than 40 new statutes for animals – including bans on tail docking of dairy cows and forbidding the sale of shell eggs that don’t meet the standards of Prop 2. Hats off to my colleague, California senior state director Jennifer Fearing, and the rest of our team for leading the advocacy efforts and skillfully working with so many lawmakers and with Gov. Brown. This incredible raft of legislation cements California’s place as the nation’s leading state on animal welfare.

When the NRA and other groups fought efforts more than two decades ago to ban the use of lead shot for waterfowl hunting, they said that a legal prohibition on its use would result in the end of duck and goose hunting. Such outlandish claims, which we can now evaluate in a very tangible way, have proven false. In this year’s legislative fight in California, the National Shooting Sports Foundation – the trade association for gun and ammunition makers, based in Newtown, Conn., of all places – spent tens of thousands of dollars running print and radio ads attacking The HSUS, but their expenditures were all for naught.

Lead has been removed from paint, gasoline, and other consumer products because lead kills. A preponderance of scientific evidence demonstrates that there are significant public health, environmental and wildlife health risks associated with lead from ammunition. One estimate says that there are more than 10 million doves a year who die from lead poisoning. When you consider that there are more than 130 species known to suffer from the toxic effects of spent lead ammunition, it’s quite a staggering toll. Scavenging birds like condors, owls, eagles, and hawks, as well as mammals like coyotes, are all at risk and known to be suffering. Death from lead poisoning is painful, and even when lead exposure isn’t high enough to kill an animal, it doesn’t take much to weaken an animal to the point that it succumbs to predation or disease.

With an alternative product available – including steel, copper and bismuth ammunition – why not make the switch?

Editorial support for AB 711 from newspapers across California has poured in – The Los Angeles Times, the Monterey County Herald, the San Jose Mercury News, the Fresno Bee, the Sacramento Bee, the Riverside Press-Enterprise and the Bakersfield Californian, to name a few. The president and the vice president of California’s Fish and Game Commission backed the bill, as did Department of Fish and Wildlife director Chuck Bonham.

This is an enormous win for our movement. Committed conservationists and animal welfare advocates know it is wrong to allow random poisoning of wildlife. It is inimical to any sound principle of wildlife management and other states should follow California’s lead. With the signing of these two bills, today is a great day for condors, bobcats, and more than 130 other species of wildlife in California!