One Whopper Of A Tale

May 25, 2005 — It began, as many big outdoor news stories do these days, with an e-mail. This one, from a sender identified only as “BassMan423,” contained a subject line that was certain to grab any angler’s attention: “World Record Blue Cat,” followed by a string of exclamation points. And this was not an Internet rumor, but the story of a new, world record blue catfish that weighed 124 pounds!

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Run, Fluffy, Run!

March 16, 2005 — A proposal to be discussed during the Wisconsin Conservation Congress spring hearings suggests that free-roaming, domestic cats should be designated an “unprotected species” that could be hunted by anyone holding a small-game license. But before you decide to arm Fluffy, be sure to read about the Michigan cat that shot its owner with a handgun this week, and about the Michigan state park that has posted more than a dozen mountain lion warning placards.

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A Noodlin’ News Hound

March 9, 2005 — If lawmakers in Georgia and Missouri are in agreement, by the end of the current legislative session, it will be legal for fishermen to dive into streams and rivers across their respective states and blindly stick their hands into underwater holes in search of giant catfish. Mind you, it might be legal, but that doesn’t necessarily make it a wise thing to do!

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Yooper’ Cougar Confirmed

Feb. 23, 2005 — Dozens of residents of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (U.P.) claimed to have seen cougars in the wild during the past year, but until last week the state’s game agency said they might be mistaken. Now, armed with new DNA evidence, some “Yoopers” have proof that they weren’t creating an urban myth about Michigan mountain lions. Also this week, you’ll be treated to tales about a dog that was anything but gun-shy, a scientist/angler who created a new fishing line that turns color before breaking, and more.

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