Tossed Around’ By Grizzly

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July 8, 2009

‘Tossed Around’ By Grizzly
A trio of eastern Idaho houndsmen pursuing black bears last week got more than
they bargained for after their hounds unexpectedly surrounded a female grizzly
with cubs. This week, we also bring you the story of an unusual Coast Guard
rescue, and more!

More Than They Bargained For
According to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, a protective grizzly sow
knocked one man down, bit him on the right arm and "tossed him
around" during a black bear pursuit hunt on Bishop Mountain near Harriman
State Park last week.

J.R. Absher

"They released their hounds on a scent, and the dogs soon surrounded
what the men thought was a black bear. When the men arrived they quickly
realized they had a grizzly," stated a news release from IDFG.

Keith Klingler, 38, was subsequently treated for non-life threatening
lacerations at Madison Memorial Hospital in Rexburg and later released.

The game agency reported that after the bear knocked Klingler to the
ground, his brother Eric struggled to retrieve the pistol he carried in his
backpack. With the bear on top of his brother, Eric was able to fire one shot
from his .44 Magnum from five to eight feet away.

At the sound of the shot, the bear ceased its attack and ran off. It was
unknown whether the shot hit its mark.

Authorities with the state wildlife agency, Fremont County Sheriff’s Office,
and the U.S. Forest Service continued to search the area for the bruin.

"We don’t know whether the bear was hit, if we have a wounded bear, a
dead bear or an unharmed bear," said John Hanson, Idaho Fish and Game
regional conservation officer from St. Anthony.

Octogenarian On Lawn Mower Rescued By Coast Guard
In what was undoubtedly one of their more unusual missions, members of the U.S.
Coast Guard patrolling Lake Erie’s Fairport Harbor in northern Ohio rescued an
84-year-old man who accidentally drove his riding lawnmower off a landing and
into the Grand River last week.

After sinking in several feet of water, the man was apparently too weak or
too distressed to pull himself to safety.

The Good-Samaritan vessel, Megabite, piloted by Lake Erie fishing charter
captain Don Woodruff, notified the Coast Guard via marine band radio of an
elderly man standing beside a partially submerged lawn tractor.

Rushing to the scene, Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Richard Cheney and
Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Mark Torres disembarked their 25-foot small response
boat (RB-S) and successfully pulled the man safely onto the pier.

"He was a little shaken up," said Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Adam
Lutz. "Apparently, his foot slipped off the clutch when he was cutting the

The Coast Guard encourages boaters to invest in a VHF-FM radio as their
primary means of distress alerting on the water, as it provides superior
alerting capabilities over cellular phones.

Oh yeah, and how about a personal floatation device (PFD) for that

Final Tennessee Elk Tag Heads To eBay
The last of five Tennessee elk-hunting permits for the state’s first elk hunt
in nearly 150 years will go to the highest bidder on the Internet site eBay

All proceeds from the auction, which begins July 16 and ends July 25, will go
benefit the state’s elk restoration program.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation is partnering with the Rocky
Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF), the Tennessee Wildlife Federation (TWF), and
Safari Club International (SCI) on the promotion and sale of the final tag.

The elk hunt will take place at the North Cumberland WMA in East Tennessee
from October 19-23, 2009. All five hunters will be invited to
attend an elk camp complete with wall tents, campfires, meals, and
entertainment. The elk camp will be held at the property of Terry Lewis near
the North Cumberland WMA Elk Viewing Tower.

The "Boatiest" U.S. Colleges
An article appearing in BoatU.S., official publication of “The Boat Owners
Association of the United States,” features a look at the best colleges
for students interested in marine studies as well as extracurricular activities
such as bass-fishing competition and sailing clubs.

Colleges named as "The 25 Boatiest Schools in America," offer at
least three different accredited marine-related programs, both academic and extracurricular.

In addition to the magazine article, the BoatUS website now features a
searchable state-by-state database to find colleges that offer individual
programs such as Fisheries, Marine Engineering, Oceanography, Marine Biology,
Bass-Fishing clubs, Sailing, or Waterskiing.

"This is the information our adult members tell us they wish they had
when they were headed off to college," said BoatU.S. Consulting Editor
Bernadette Bernon. "Now their teens have an easy way to find out how to
continue boating, sailing or fishing and get a relevant, in-demand college
degree at the same time. We’ve found marine-based programs aimed at students
whose interests range from marine science and engineering to liberal arts as
well as hundreds of teams and clubs that offer coaching and camaraderie from
NCAA sanctioned waterskiing and sailing to competitive bass fishing. So even if
a marine-related career is not the priority, students can still determine which
schools will keep them boating or sailing outside of the classroom. Scholarship
information is also included."

The online version of the July issue of BoatU.S. and the searchable database
may be found at:

Quote Of The Week
"Orange is the color of November in Michigan. Not the soft orange of aspen
or maple, for the leaves have already fallen. I mean the harsh fluorescence of
blaze orange that glows along the country roads and in the little towns up
north on the fifteenth of the month."
-John G Mitchell|
“The Hunt,” 1980

J.R. Absher is a freelance outdoor writer whose articles and columns appear
in numerous national publications. He offers his unique perspective of the
outdoors weekly for You may contact him at

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