Alaska 05/01/12 alaskadispatch.com: by Craig Medred – Fairbanks hunter Rod Moretz apparently shot the trophy brown bear of his dreams on Kodiak Island Saturday, then became entangled in far more of an adventure than any hunter wants, according to reports from Alaska State Troopers. They indicate the 48-year-old hunter was approaching his kill when another bear bolted out of a den about 100 yards away and charged him at full bore. “Moretz tried to evade the charging bear,” a trooper dispatch said, “(but) the bear pounced on him and both rolled down a hill approximately 50 feet.” In the tumble, the bear lost contact with the hunter. When they stopped rolling, it jumped and ran back to the den. Further details are sketchy. Moretz, an engineer with the Bureau of Land Management in the Interior Alaska city and an active player in the local hockey league, could not be reached. Troopers said he was bitten on the head by the bear, but only suffered what were described as “minor scalp injuries.” His 13-year-old son bandaged him up at the scene, according to troopers. They then went about skinning the senior Moretz’s trophy. No attempt was made to shoot the bear which had charged. Nor, apparently, was there any call for help. The Moretzs apparently waited for their flight from Andrew Air, an air tax charter service out of Kodiak, to arrive on Sunday. They then flew back to Kodiak with the trophy, took the hide to the local office of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to be sealed as required by law, and reported what had happened. Then the elder Moretz finally went to Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center to have his wounds examined and treated. He was due back at work Tuesday in Fairbanks.
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California 05/01/12 siskiyoudaily.com: by John Bowman – “The Siskiyou County Department of Agriculture wants you to have the facts so you know what to expect if wolves become established in Southern Oregon and Northern California,” stated a recent press release from the department announcing an upcoming presentation about wolves. At 6:30 p.m on May 10 at the Miners Inn Convention Center at 122 East Miner Street in Yreka, Carter Niemeyer – “an expert on wolf biology and a leading authority on wolves” – will give a presentation on the potential influences of wolves on the Siskiyou County ecosystem. Niemeyer has worked for the Department of Wildlife Services in Montana and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, where he helped develop wolf management plans in Idaho and Oregon. He will give a presentation on wolf behavior, wolf impacts on elk and deer populations, and procedures he has used to confirm wolf kills on livestock. In addition, he will answer specific questions from audience members about wolf management and their potential impacts on the local livestock industry.
Since it first entered Siskiyou County in December, gray wolf OR7 has wandered far and wide across Northern California, stirring up controversy in each of the counties it has crossed through and throughout the state. After spending most of March in Southern Oregon, OR7 ventured back into Siskiyou County on April 1 only to bounce back into Oregon on April 11 and again back into Siskiyou County on April 17. Since then, the wolf has wandered from northeastern Siskiyou County down to the southeastern section of the county and most recently into Southwestern Modoc county on April 27. – For complete article see http://www.siskiyoudaily.com/news/x206668624/Wolf-expert-to-speak-in-Yreka