Friday, June 16, 2006

Where The Wild Things Are

The new makeup of the International Whaling Commision makes Dottie misplace her anger.


Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Cat vs. Bear


June 13, 2006—Perhaps not since the Cowardly Lion has an animal's appearance been so at odds with its attitude.

On June 4 a black bear wandered into a West Milford, New Jersey, back yard, was confronted by a 15-pound (7-kilogram) tabby cat … and fled up a neighbor's tree. Hissing at the base of the tree, Jack the clawless cat kept the bear at bay for about 15 minutes, then ran him up another tree after an attempted escape.

Finally, Jack's owner, Donna Dicky, called the cat inside, and the timorous trespasser disappeared back into the woods.

"He doesn't want anybody in his yard," Dickey said of Jack in an interview with the Newark Star Ledger.

Unlike cats, bears aren't typically territorial, roaming instead over vast areas that would be impossible to patrol for intruders. Fairly common across North America, black bears are seen fairly often in this region of New Jersey.

Full-grown black bears weigh between 200 and 600 pounds (90 and 270 kilograms) and measure as much as 6 feet (1.8 meters) long. Their diets can include fruits, honey, insects, acorns and animals as big as moose calves—a fact apparently lost on Jack.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Rattlesnake Roundup

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  • I'm not naive about hunting. My parents are hunters. I used to hunt. I'm not going to argue the evils of hunting. But I do have a problem with demonizing an animal and creating a festival out of its wholesale slaughter. Hey people, that story about the snake in the garden of eden, get over it!

    Why don't we have a "Cattle Corralling" weekend out in Dodge City at a slaughterhouse? Bring the kids! Four stages! Brain a cow with a push of a button! All the blood you could ever hope for! Maybe I'm a little too pissed for a Sunday afternoon? I'm going to plant some herbs.

    Global Warming is for Suckers, or Snow Cones!

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