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Open Thread – January 12, 2012

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Breaking News! Giant Cat Threatens Maine’s Deer Herd

You will first need to spot the two bright eyes in the lower left of the screen and then prepare yourself for the attack.

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In Maine, Black Bears Still About in Mid January

I have been reporting this week of several field reports in Maine as to what is happening. Just this morning I finished posting a report of a coyote(s) chasing a deer and it was captured on a trail camera.

In a completely separate report, by a completely different person, on opposite ends of the state, comes word that bears are still out and about, or at least can be easily roused. Are these creatures not hibernating this winter?

Albert Ladd, from the Western part of Maine, sends me information that he, “Put bait out for coyotes a few days back”. Upon checking his bait pile he discovered that the bait was gone. Ladd says, “I walked out and found out it was dragged into the woods by a small bear.” (See photos below)

Ladd also surmised that being that his bait pile was near a “lot of rock and ledge”, the bear’s den is someplace not so far away. Perhaps the bear, not being snowed under in his den of hibernation, caught wind of the scent from the bait pile and he couldn’t resist.

While part of the contents of the bait pile was leftover bear parts, Ladd referred to the bear as a “cannibal”.


Photo by Al Ladd


Photo by Al Ladd

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In Maine, Coyotes Chasing Deer

I’m receiving some interesting reports from around Maine now that we are into the winter season. Yesterday I posted a field report of a buck that had been killed and eaten by coyotes. From the same person, today I have pictures taken from a trail camera that shows a coyote in hot pursuit of a deer.

According to the report, a trail camera is set up “on two of the major trails deer use to migrate”. The individual filing this report states that they have set up on these same trails for “a few years” and that this year, “the number of deer that have traveled by the cameras is about half of what passed last year”.

Being that last year was an extremely poor year for deer, hearing this kind of reporting from the field is very troubling. I have also been hearing reports that there were more mature bucks taken this year. To some – trophy hunters – they find this encouraging. I find in concerning in that if large buck kill was up and the overall harvest was down or the same low rate as last year, perhaps we need to be paying close attention to what’s happening to the age structure of the herd. This might indicate the recruitment of new deer to the herd is very, very low.

However, the perpetuated myth continues that coyotes only bother deer in winter yards when there is a lot of snow. So far in Maine, there is essentially no snow and in those places that have snow, it’s not very much. Even with no snow, in the past two days I’ve been able to file field reports of coyotes chasing and killing deer.

Below are the two photos taken in sequence from one trail camera from the same location. The first picture shows a deer running (assumed because of the blur of the photograph), followed by the second photo of a coyote coming along the same trail moments later. I think the conclusion as to what the coyote is up to is obvious.

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Open Thread – January 11, 2012

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What’s Your Gun Safe Look Like

The following little story has been around the Internet for a while but somebody sent it to me so I thought I would share it with readers. The copy I received was entitled, “Guns, Ammo and Perceptions”.

You may have heard on the news about a southern California man put under 72-hour psychiatric observation when it was found he owned 100 guns and allegedly had (by rough estimate) 1-million rounds of ammunition stored in his home. The house also featured a secret escape tunnel.

My favorite quote from the dimwit television reporter: “Wow! He has about a million machine gun bullets.” The headline referred to it as a “massive weapons cache”.

By southern California standards someone even owning 100,000 rounds would be called “mentally unstable”. Just imagine if he lived elsewhere:

In Arizona , he’d be called “an avid gun collector”.

In Arkansas , he’d be called “a novice gun collector”.

In Utah , he’d be called “moderately well prepared”, but they’d probably reserve judgment until they made sure that he had a corresponding quantity of stored food.

In Montana , he’d be called “The neighborhood ‘Go-To’ guy”.

In Idaho , he’d be called “a likely gubernatorial candidate”.

In Wyoming , he’d be called “an eligible bachelor”.

And, in Texas , he’d be called “a deer hunting buddy”.

And I’ll add this part:

And in Washington, D.C. he would be considered a terrorist. He would be interned indefinitely, held for no legal reason and never given a fair trial.

Tom Remington

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Even With No Snow, Coyotes Killing Maine’s Deer

This morning a received in my email another account of coyotes killing deer in Maine. The report says:

Found this coyote killed buck today, He had already shed his horns, I judge his size as a 200 lb. deer. While I was up another stream setting a beaver house three coyotes had chased another one across the stream twice, I’m sure they are eating on that one tonight. The coyote sign is the heaviest I’ve ever seen it. SO SAD TO LIVE IN A STATE THAT WAS SO FAMOUS FOR IT’S NATURAL RESOURCES, NOW WE LIVE IN A STATE WITH THE MOST INCOMPETENT FISH AND WILDLIFE DEPT. OF ANY STATE IN THE COUNTRY.

While I understand this person’s frustrations with the incompetence he perceives from the fish and wildlife department, I can assure him Maine has some real stiff competition for that recognition.

Tom Remington

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Windfall – A Movie About the Atrocities of Wind Turbines

Over the past few days, I have been posting short articles and photographs that depict the realities of what is happening when the push for so-called green energy, i.e. wind power, is upon the citizens of this nation and in particular the state of Maine.

You can find previous postings here and here.

Below is a movie trailer that is promoting a soon to be released movie that exposes much of the truth behind wind power. As a reader commented yesterday, most people take the easy road of the “conventional view” on issues such as wind energy. They are told that wind energy is clean, produces no carbon dioxide and will drive down our electric bills. The truths are being hidden and for good reasons. To find them a person must exert effort and that’s not being done.

Wind energy is a destruction of our environment, a huge contradiction as to the purpose of the creation. In addition to the environmental destruction of ripping up our forests and fields, the erosion that comes with construction, the exposures of more harmful light into our bodies of water, the destruction of fisheries and wildlife, the effects of “flicker” and the continuous dull roar of spinning blades, wind turbines are a pollutant – visually, audibly and environmentally.

It is hoped this film will help in the battle to educate the people BEFORE the wind towers invade our landscapes.

Tom Remington

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Honey! Will You Fire Up the Bar-be-cue?


Photo by Al Remington

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W. Hollywood Bans Sale of Fur Within City Limits

West Hollywood has become the first city in the nation to ban the sale of fur within the city limits.

Tom Remington

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