Some This and That

For reasons I cannot explain or justify, I am something of a news junkie. One would think that some old and decrepit coot that lives in a remote area and eschews his neighbors wouldn’t give a hoot in Hades about news events, but every morning on my second cup of coffee I go to my computer and peruse various news websites. With that in mind, here are a few interesting tidbits I found this morning:


For the second time in 8 days Rapid City, S.D. police have had to kill a mountain lion that has taken up residence within their jurisdiction. About 9:45 a.m. last Saturday some city residents were working in a shed on their property when their dog became agitated. They found a gaunt female mountain lion cowering in the rear of the shed. After taking a swipe at the dog and causing minor injuries, police were notified and the decision was made to put the cat down.


From the “moronic tourist department” comes a story in my backyard. St. Newbury, Mass. resident Robert Dea received serious injuries, including a broken collarbone, shoulder blade, several ribs and a groin injury, from a bison he refused to give ground to near the Norris campground in Yellowstone National Park. Dea allowed the bull bison to approach him while sitting and refused to move away. Apparently the bison took umbrage at Dea’s lack of protocol and threw him some 10 feet into the air and then pinned him to the ground. When a person enters Yellowstone they are given several pieces of literature admonishing them to keep their distance from the wildlife. Many blow off such advice, and some pay the price of that stupidity.


Our longtime friends at Ruger have just purchased a minority interest in Kodabow, Inc., a crossbow manufacturer based in West Chester, Pa. According to Business Wire, “This investment reflects our interest in participating in one of the faster growing segments of the hunting market,” said Ruger President and CEO Michael O. Fifer. “Crossbows are increasingly becoming a new and exciting choice for outdoor-oriented consumers as they bridge the gap between traditional archery and firearms.” From its inception, Ruger has always had a flair for the old-school classics.


And finally my favorite story of the day from the “you-just-can’t-make-this-stuff-up department” and Fox News: 72-year-old Daniel Collins Jr. is facing charges that include aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and terroristic threats for pulling a .32-caliber revolver on a neighbor who passed gas outside his Teaneck, N.J., apartment door. The two men reportedly have an ongoing dispute over noise in the neighborhood.


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1 Response to Some This and That

DSMbirddog wrote:
July 19, 2012

I've seen rodeo folks do a similar thing with bucking bulls as Mr. Dea did with the buffalo. The outcome is almost the same though.