The Anchorage Daily News reports a moose on the Denali Highway stomped to death the lead dog of an Iditarod musher. Ramey Smyth’s as he zipped the dog into his sled basket with the early evening fading into a 50 degree-below-zero night.
“I told him I loved him and not to forget me,” Smyth said. Mushers have reported numerous such encounters with moose in Alaska. The moose, Smyth said, “came down on him with both front feet, and then it just started with the rest of the team.” As the dogs rolled on, the moose came racing up the gangline, hooves flying, until it got to the sled. Smyth grabbed the only thing he had to defend himself — the ice hook used to anchor the team. “I smacked him with the ice hook,” Smyth said. And then the attack was over. Smyth watched the moose depart.
Posted in Alaska, Animals, Dogs, Moose, Offbeat by roger with .
Snopes has deamed that two sets of tsunami photos circulating on the net are Urban Legends.
Posted in Asia, Continents, Oceania, Offbeat, Urban Legends by roger with .
The Northwest Arkansas News reports that a boy touched off a massive 100 person and helicopter search on Mount Magazine after he told a construction worker near the summit on a two-radio that his dad was hurt and he needed help. He could not identify where he was but said he saw something white which authorities thought was a tower or inn near the south side of the mountain. He wouldn’t give his name and the boy was never located. The search was called off after authorities heard him telling a girl about the exploits. Item was also posted on the forum.
Posted in Accidents, Arkansas, Highpoint (States) News, Offbeat by roger with .
Adam Helman has this interesting post over in the cohp.
For those with more cash in their wallet than time on their hands to properly acclimatize ….(such as a practicing physician???)
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These pics came from somebody in a hunting party in Arizona. Yes, the horse killed the Mountain Lion! The Cougar had been stalking them for the better part of the morning, on the way out to a hunt. They were pretty sure it was after a dog. The Cat apparently ambushed them, and the horse pictured tossed its rider and went into attack (defense) mode, the horses scattered and shots were fired but no one was sure if they hit the Cat or not. Unfortunately, the battle was decently long, and it wasn’t until it was almost over that one of the guys started snapping pics. It’s in the americasroof gallery.
Snopes is investigating whether these photos are an urban legend.
Follow Up November 1, 2005
Western Mule Magazine has tracked down the story of Jody Anglin’s mule Berry in southwest New Mexico. The lion was dead and Berry started hitting it. The photographs got on the Internet by giving the pictures to his grandpa and his grandpa gave them to JodyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s aunt and that aunt gave them to a friend and that friend sent them e-mail to a friend
and it went from there to what it is today.
Posted in Animals, Big Cats, Dogs, Horses, Offbeat by roger with .
According to the Star Bulletin an Indiana woman is asking that her husband be declared legally dead after not apparently not returning from a hike in Volcano Lands National Park. Tamara Lynch filed a missing-person report with the Warrick County Police Department in Indiana in June.
By June 12, she was “extremely anxious and upset” about her estranged husband’s welfare, so she checked his answering machine using a code she knew from before the separation. On it were messages from the Royal Kona Resort asking when Lynch planned to check out and take care of his bill.
She supplied the information to police, who found out Lynch had flown to Hawaii, rented a car and checked into the hotel. Police found Lynch’s car at the Evansville, Ind., airport and learned that he had not used his June 6 return ticket.
Police on the Big Island entered Lynch’s hotel room and said he had left with some personal items.
Officials at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park found Lynch’s rental car in the park.
Lynch’s father, Robert Lynch of Norwalk, Ohio, told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald he refuses to participate in efforts to have his son declared dead.
Posted in Crime, Hawaii, Offbeat by roger with .
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