Post by grrraaahhh on Apr 17, 2011 21:40:36 GMT -9
Bear trashes airplane (news from the web)
During a private "fly-in" fishing excursion in the Alaskan wilderness, a chartered pilot and fishermen left their cooler and bait in their airplane and a bear picked up its scent. This is what the bear did to the plane.
The pilot used his radio and had another pilot bring him 2 new tires, 3 cases of duct tape, and a supply of sheet plastic. He patched the plane together, and FLEW IT HOME!
HUMOR ALERT: speculation and rumor has identified the pilot as Angus MacGyver - the popular American 1980's TV character.
“Something” had torn up half of the bridge! People? Moose? Beaver? Who would have wrecked such havoc, and why?
Much of one end of the bridge had been shredded horizontally. We identified claw marks along the top of the bridge and small puncture marks along a supporting beam. Looking more closely, we eventually found and pulled out a piece of grey-black hair.
What has five claws, sharp teeth, and grey-black hair? The “something” must have been a black bear!
".Rudy contacted a guy from the "Alaska Department of Fish and Game" who was stationed at a lake (don't remember the name) which we planned to visit by bushplane. Unfortunately, the man told us he hasn't seen any bears the last few weeks. So, we were forced to change plans and decided to explore the vicinity of Larsen Bay on foot and by boat. Because Wim and I were anxious to see our first Kodiak bears, Rudy decided to take us to the local dump. There are only two roads in Larsen Bay: one that leads to the landing strip, the other to the dump. You wonder why people have cars here . When we left the small village with its cannery, we passed a little peculiar building with a large chimney. The people of Larsen Bay decided to build a garbage incinerator because the rotting smells of the dump attracted too many bears. The garbage incinerator never got into action because the very first day, the door was already smashed in by a bear . A little further, we heard twigs snapping in the bushes. At first, we didn't see anything. Then.... the top of a head with two little ears appeared. The bushes drew apart with a loud cracking sound and a huge mother bear with three cubs appeared. They were old acquaintances of Rudy. "Hey mother bear, how are you doing today?" Rudy said in a calm voice while we made sure the bears had plenty of room to pass us by.
Grizzly in a truck I just got this email from a friend, whose brother sent it to him: "From my neighbour in Waterton. Last Monday morning he came out to find the inside of his 18 month old Toyota Sequoia trashed. A grizzly bear had somehow got a door open (easy considering the way the handles are) and once inside got trapped when the door shut behind him. Probably the wind. The Toyota was a platinum edition, all the door panels were ripped off, the headliner torn to pieces, all headrests, the leather seats, the dash shredded. The steering column was twisted sideways. Two of the six airbags went off, the other four the bear ripped to pieces. You can imagine a trapped grizzly being hit with an airbag in an enclosed space must have figured he was in for the fight of his life. When the bear ripped off the door panels he clawed all the wiring harnesses out. Toyota figures every wire he pulled or clawed at resulted in bells, voices or sparks. The head mechanic at Calgary Toyota doubted if they had the expertise to put it back together. To add insult to injury the bear took a big dump in the back of the SUV and then broke out the rear window. Fish and wildlife officers have inspected the damage and figure it was a 3 year old griz. From blood left behind the are doing DNA. The vehicle has been written off, cost new over 70,000 they stopped counting repair costs at 60,000."
By Kate Connolly, The Guardian Thursday, May 3, 2012 10:38 EDT
A wild bear on the prowl in the forests of Tyrol is being feted by locals after inadvertently helping unravel the mystery of a missing man.
According to officers, the brown bear, which for several weeks had been rampaging in the area close to the border between Austria and Switzerland, knocked down a tree which fell on an electricity pylon and started the blaze. Police and firefighters called to the remote region discovered the body of a man who had been reported missing by his wife two days earlier.
The 100kg, two and a half year old animal has been dubbed Inspector Bear by locals, in place of his less catchy scientific label, M13.
A spokesman for Tyrolean state police said: “This is an ongoing investigation, so I cannot give more information, other than to say we consider the bear to be innocent.”
The man has been identified as Peter Hilber, 40, who was known to move in criminal circles, according to the police.
M13 and his brother, M12, have been living in the border region between Austria, Switzerland and Italy for several weeks. M13 has wreaked havoc in some areas, overturning bee hives and killing a goat.
Both animals come from a repopulation programme in Trentino, northern Italy, which produced a bear called Bruno, which caused havoc in the region in 2006 and was shot dead by hunters.
The whereabouts of M12 and M13 are being monitored by a GPS tag around their necks which sends text messages relaying their whereabouts to the authorities every seven hours. M13 was also in a collision with a Swiss train on Monday night but was not believed to have been seriously injured.