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Montana's Oldest Operating Dude Ranch For Sale

Ready to hang up your business shoes and neck tie? Get away from the city and the traffic? For sale is the Lazy K Bar Dude Ranch, an 8,500 acre property, that also comes complete with its own mountain - 11,214 ft Crazy Peak, located in Sweet Grass County, Montana. The price tag, $9 million which the current owner says is undervalued by about a third.

DNA Suggests Mountain Lion Victim's Story is a Hoax

Last week Robert Biggs was in the news for surviving a mountain lion attack when a mother bear came to his rescue. His story was amazing, and may have been believable or unbelievable. California Department of Fish and Game took it very seriously. They would have to warn people if there was a mountain lion attacking people in a popular hiking spot.

Grizzly Attack Survivor Speaks of Her Experience

Deb Freele was camping at Soda Butte Campground near Cooke City, Montana, 5 miles away from Yellowstone. Freele was doing what she loved most, camping and enjoying the outdoors. The last time she had been to Yellowstone she was just learning how to flyfish, 3 kids and a couple decades later she was back out there, more experienced with her angling skills.

Would You Bring a Black Bear Cub Home?

Rene Dubois saw a black fur ball on the side of the road. He watched it for awhile, realized it was a bear cub and waited to see if a mother bear was around. After not seeing one, he got out and looked at the small bear cub. It appeared to be about 5 weeks old and on the verge of death. It could barely hold its head up and its tongue was turning black.

Alberta's Grizzlies Coming Out for Spring

After a mild winter, things don't bode very well for the grizzlies of Alberta. A rancher's wife noticed what looked like a wolf eating on a deer carcass on their property. The next morning the rancher went out to check, and encountered a grizzly bear. He made loud noises to try to scare off the bear, but fresh out of hibernation the bear was not scared off. He charged at the man, who in self defense fired his rifle at the grizzly bear at 18 yards. The rancher faces no charges, since he shot the bear to save his own life.

Bear Spray Better than Firearm in Grizzly Encounters

Steve Herrero from the University of Calgary looked at different scenarios where hunters or hikers had encounters with grizzly bears. The hunters usually had firearms to deter the grizzly, and hikers or hunters had bear spray to use in their encounters. The firearm portion of the study looked at 269 cases, out of 444 hunters. The bear spray study looked at 72 cases, out of 175 people.

Texans Can Hunt in "Silence"

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department adopted a new rule allowing hunters to hunt using silencers. Some animals, such as feral hogs were already being hunted with silencers, now they can be used when hunting alligators, game animals and game birds. To use a silencer while hunting one must submit an application to the ATF and pay $200 for a background check.

South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Gets an Earful

The Black Hills area of South Dakota has two main big game animal populations, elk and mountain lion. They were the key topics discussed at a public meeting. About 40 people came to speak out to the upper management of the South Dakota GF&P, because they believe the GF&P is lying to them. Lying about the actual depredation of elk by the mountain lions. The public believes that the GF&P gives out too many cow elk tags and not enough mountain lion tags. The elk herds seem to be dwindling, and the number of mountain lions grows.

Get the Most Deer "Game" Player Gets Caught

Wisconsin has some great rural areas, that is home to thousands of whitetail deer. They also have a hunting season, that many residents like to participate in. This story is not about hunters, this story is about young men who went on a wild "thrill kill."

Nathan Blaha (20) of Hillsboro, Wisconsin, along with Steven Blaha (17) and Brogan Gillingham (18) and another young male may have killed over 100 deer. Nathan Blaha had killed the most. In court papers when asked why he did it, Nathan wrote it was because they had a bet to see who could kill the most deer.

Mama Bear Saves Hiker from Mountain Lion

Robert Biggs of Paradise, California has some favorite hiking spots. One that he frequents is in the Bean Soup Flat area above Whiskey Flats. On numerous occasions on these hikes he has seen a mother bear with her cubs at different times of year and different ages. All of the occasions have been friendly.

On Monday he came upon the bear with a cub and a yearling. He watched them for awhile, and then he was ready to turn around on the trail to leave the bear family alone. Suddenly from behind a mountain lion attacked him. The mountain lion stuck its paws into Bigg's backpack, luckily missing Bigg's head.

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