May 16, 2013
Critter Cams Provide Peek Into The Lives Of Bears
Anchorage, Alaska (AP) Biologists at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are getting a peek into what city bears do all day.
Six bears were equipped with rugged video cameras attached to collars around their necks, which are allowing biologists to get a good idea of how the four black and two brown bears spent their time last summer.
The biologists collected 60 hours of video, according to the Anchorage Daily News. It shows the bears sleeping, eating gull eggs, walking greenbelts, and licking grease cans and gum stuck on the ground.
Bears are seen salivating over garbage pizza and discarded birdseed, scooping up bivalves from Cook Inlet mudflats and scarfing horsetail and dandelions.
“You’re riding around under their chin, seeing what they do,” said Fish and Game research biologist Sean Farley, who designed the project. “Now we can say, a bear was here and this is what it was doing.”
Not all the collars attached last summer survived. Farley said the brown bears destroyed their collars.
The cameras cost $5,000 each. Biologists programmed them to record 10 seconds of video every 20 minutes, 24 hours a day, for about a month. The collars are engineered to drop off at a designated time. Radio signals are used to locate them.
The cameras also captured some unsettling moments. In one clip, a bear turns the corner of a house and sees a person in the yard. The bear quietly slips away without the person ever knowing it was there.
Man Charged In Overnight Feast At Supermarket
Mount Washington, KY (AP) Authorities in Kentucky have charged a man who officers say had an overnight feast in a closed supermarket outside Louisville.
The manager of a ValuMarket says he found 57 empty whipped cream cans in the garbage when he arrived Monday morning. WAVE-TV in Louisville reported 30-year-old Trevor Runyon was charged after he was found in the ceiling of the store.
Surveillance video from the store showed that Runyon cooked and ate six steaks, washed them down with beer and then topped off his meal with shrimp and birthday cake.
Police say Runyon slipped into the store and hid while employees closed it for the night. Bullitt County Detention Center records show Runyon is from Shepherdsville, Ky. It wasn’t clear whether he has an attorney.
Man Reconsiders ‘Zombie
Defense’ & Pleads Guilty
Temecula, CA (AP) A Tennessee man who stole a big-rig truck in California, caused several accidents and told investigators he was fleeing zombies when he did it has pleaded guilty to several felonies. U-T San Diego reports Jerimiah Hartline pleaded guilty Monday to assault with a deadly weapon, hit-and-run causing death or injury, and vehicle theft.
He could get five years in prison.
The California Highway Patrol says Hartline stowed away in the truck in Tennessee and stole it when the driver got out at roadside scales near Temecula, Calif.
The CHP says after Hartline caused several crashes, the big-rig overturned on Interstate 15 and spilled its load of strawberries.
Seven people were injured. CHP investigators say Hartline told them he had to speed and swerve because he was fleeing from the walking dead.
NYPD Officer Tries To Help
Cat In Tree, Gets Stuck
New York (AP) Authorities say a New York police officer who went after a cat stuck in a tree got caught himself and needed a little help getting back down to the ground.
The Fire Department of New York says it happened Monday afternoon in Queens.
A call came in that a man attempting to get a cat out of a tree had gotten stuck. Fire department personnel used a bucket ladder to get the man and the cat down.
The fire department says the man is a police officer.
The New York Police Department has no comment.
Smokejumpers Skydive Into
Illegal Pot Garden
Medford, OR (AP) A team of smokejumpers parachuting into a fire in the mountains of Southern Oregon landed in an illegal marijuana garden being prepared for growing season.
The six smokejumpers from a base in Redmond found the site Monday evening, when there was a rash of lightning strikes. Jackson County sheriff’s spokeswoman Andrea Carlson says the smokejumpers notified authorities, who hiked into the remote site in the Rogue River-Siskiyou (SIS’-kee-yoo) National Forest. They seized two guns and more than 1,000 little pot plants.
Carlson says the site near the community of Applegate was being cultivated by growers for Mexican drug gangs, and it’s been used before.
She says the smokejumpers saw some people but weren’t sure whether they were pot growers, so no one was arrested. The smokejumpers extinguished the fire after it burned less than an acre.
Scratch-And-Sniff Cards Prompt Natural Gas Scare
Great Falls, MT (AP) Those scratch-and-sniff cards the energy company sends to customers to teach them to recognize the artificial smell added to natural gas? Turns out they work pretty well.
Energy West general manager Nick Bohr tells the Great Falls Tribune that workers recently discarded several boxes of expired scratch-and-sniff cards in Great Falls.
But when the garbage truck picked them up and compressed the load Bohr says “it was the same as if they had scratched them.”
The resulting odor prompted numerous false alarms and building evacuations as the garbage truck traveled through downtown Great Falls on Wednesday morning, leaving the smell in its trail.
Bohr says the company apologizes for the disruption.