Hunter mistaken for coyote killed by man using AR-15

A North Carolina pastor was shot several times in the chest on Tuesday with an AR-15  by a man who mistakenly thought electronic coyote calls had been a real coyote trapped in a tree.

According to the Taylorsville Times, Michael Seth Marsh, 26,  was accidentally killed in a wooded area off Edd Burgess Road Extension in Taylorsville. as he was hunting coyotes with his 12-gauge shotgun, a rifle and an electronic coyote call.  The name of the  man who shot Marsh has not been  released, but records indicate he fired two shots into the wooded area after spotting brown and gray movements in the trees. He later called authorities when he realized he had shot a person and not a coyote. Marsh died shortly after arriving at the hospital. Officials said Marsh was wearing camouflage and an orange hat.

Alexander County Sheriff Chris Bowman stated the shooter had been unaware that Marsh had been in the woods hunting. An investigation continues. The case is currently under review with the District Attorney’s Office. Officers with N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are assisting the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation.

Marsh was the pastor at Russell Gap Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife and two young children.

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Kangaroo gets even with hunter breaking man’s jaw

A kangaroo who seems to have conspired with two of his marsupial pals earlier this week, struck out against hunters in the Western Australia’s Wheatbelt region. Joshua Hayden, 19, and his brother had been hunting in Kellerberrin on Tuesday evening when they spotted three kangaroos. Joshua stuck his body out of the window of their vehicle and took aim with his gun. In one shocking moment, a kangaroo turned the table.

According to AbcAustraliaNews, Hayden said one of the kangaroos disappeared and suddenly he was at the side of the car colliding with the vehicle breaking the front window.

“Then it bounced back onto me and headbutted me straight in the jaw,” Hayden recounted as the blow knocked him unconscious for half a minute. “I woke up and my brother was trying to tell me what happened. I said, ‘No you hit me’ and he said ‘No, the kangaroo did.'”

The men frequently hunt for kangaroos but none have ever fought back. Now the men say as soon as the animals see a car, they hop right up to it. One can only suppose the kangaroos have had enough of their species being hunted and have taken up “getting even.” Can you blame them? Animal behaviorists say kangaroos are  normally peaceful animals that rarely attack.

There have been no updates on the kangaroo’s condition.

Hayden has to wait several days for the swelling on his face to subside and then will have surgery to repair his broken jaw.

(Photo via Joshua Hayden)

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Lions devour suspected poacher who was hunting them

The tables were turned when a hunter, make that a suspected poacher, was devoured by a pride of lions that he was stalking in South Africa. According to the Daily Mail, the man could be heard screaming near the Ingwelala Private Nature Reserve, but the big cats quickly made their kill, and ate him, before help arrived.

Most of the man’s body was eaten by the lions…little was left behind, aside from the man’s head. Hunting rifles and ammunition, typical of what is used by big game hunters, were also discovered nearby. The man was not carrying any identification, but the police noted that the discovery of his head would help them determine who he was.

Poaching of the magnificent big cats is an ongoing problem in South Africa – in May 2017, 20 captive lions, held at a big cat sanctuary, were killed by poachers who cut off their paws, tails, heads and skin. There is a market for lion body parts because people believe that there is medicinal value from them.

The authorities are currently investigating the situation.

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Big game hunter shot and killed while stalking captive-bred lion

A Croatian big game hunter was shot and killed during a hunting expedition in South Africa on Saturday. Pero Jelinic, whose reputation describes him as having “hunted everything that could be hunted in Europe,” had killed one captive-bred lion and had taken aim at a second lion when a “stray” bullet struck him.

According to the Total Croatia News, police are now investigating the incident as a possible homicide. The property where Jelinic, 75, died, raises lions in captivity to be hunted as trophies in a ‘sport’ has been widely condemned and is called “canned hunting.” In South Africa, there are more lions held in captivity than lions that live in the wild. Although owners of these farms try to say they do not hunt and kill lions, most of these breeders sell their stock to be shot dead by rich trophy hunters from Europe and North America. The lions have been held captive all their lives, and when released to an enclosed area have no idea that man is their mortal enemy. Quickly they become the innocent victims of rifles, handguns and crossbows. Not much hunting required!

In January, the Dallas Safari Club released its position on Captive Bred Lion Hunting stating:

“Few animals in Africa, or anywhere, are as iconic as the African lion. As hunters we understand the benefits of lion hunting. Dallas Safari Club has stated, and firmly believes, that in the fight to save lions, hunters are their best allies… In South Africa, captive bred lion hunting is legal. Several professional hunting associations and hunting conservation organizations have commented on the negative impact that captive bred lion hunting has on them and the hunting community in general…”

The organization ends with the statement that captive bred lion hunting is not a practice that is in keeping with its values of ethical and fair chase hunting.

Humane organizations view lion hunting as cruel and unnecessary. The Humane Society of the United States remains highly opposed to the hunting of any living creature for fun, trophy or sport. When all avenues have been exhausted where it becomes necessary to kill some wildlife, it should be performed by responsible and humane methods

According to a close friend of Jelinic, the wealthy hotel owner from the island of Pag, wanted the head of a lion “to crown his rich hunting career.” The hunter had been staying at Leeubosch Lodge, a four-hour drive from Johannesburg; 40 miles from the border with Botswana.

Read more about trophy hunting and its dire implications here.

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Washington teens killed five deer ‘to bait and shoot eagles’

When a Klickitat County, Washington sheriff’s deputy detained three teenagers for carrying a loaded rifle in their vehicle, he was shocked to find out the kids had killed five deer “to bait and shoot eagles.”

According to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police, the deputy had initially planned to cite the teens with a warning for the rifle, but quickly found out none of them were licensed to drive. In addition, besides the loaded rifle, the officer observed fresh blood and deer fur. During a search of the area, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police found a doe recently killed. Alongside of the doe, there were four other deer carcasses in various stages of decomposition.

“During this piece of the investigation, another juvenile was detected hiding on the hillside above the officers. After disarming the 17 year old, investigators learned he had been looking for an eagle that he admitted to shooting. The eagle was not recovered. Two rifles were seized for intended forfeiture and criminal charges will be referred to the County Prosecutors Office.”

Two of the teens are 17-years-old and the two others are 15-years of age. They face charges of killing an eagle which is a legally protected bird in the State of Washington. In addition the youths can be charged for hunting deer out of season and carrying firearms.

Bald eagles and golden eagles are two types of eagles found in Washington state and are protected by the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald & Golden Eagle Protection Act. There are currently more than 550 active Bald Eagle nests in the state.

“These federal laws prohibits the take, transport, sale, barter, trade, import and export, and possession of eagles, making it illegal for anyone to collect eagles and eagle parts, nests, or eggs without a permit. Native Americans are able to possess these emblems which are traditional in their culture.”

If found guilty of illegally killing an eagle, the guilty person can be fined up to $5,000 and be sentenced to one year in prison. The dead eagle has not been found.

(Photos  Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police)

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Hunting dog surrendered to high kill shelter due to ‘owner’s health’

Several hunting dogs were surrendered earlier this week to a high-kill shelter in South Carolina due to the “owner’s health”. What about Tutti’s health?   The three-year-old Beagle weighing only 18-pounds, had been dragging around a tumor almost as big as her for months.

“This little girl is Tutti. She’s a 3 year old, 18 pound beagle mix that was surrendered to a SC shelter along with 9 other “hunting dogs” due to owner’s health. How about her health?! See the HUGE tumor she’s had to drag around for God knows how long!!! It didn’t just appear,” posted Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of the organization Rescue Dogs Rock NYC who offered to help.

On Monday afternoon, Tutti underwent surgery to remove the mass.

“Sweet Tutti has just been taken into surgery to remove this ginormous tumor! It was originally thought to be a mammary tumor, but is now thought to be a hernia. The surgery will be complicated as an ultrasound showed what looks to be intestines inside that have to now be put back inside her body.”

How tragic that Tutti’s health issues were not addressed in a timely manner by her owner. It is hoped this young dog will recover – once removed her tumor will be sent to the laboratory to find out if it is malignant.

In addition to Tutti’s rescue, another dog was lucky enough to have hitched a ride to safety with Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. Welcome Jack Frost to his new life. Fortunately this adorable pooch is healthy and will be ready for adoption once he is checked out and evaluated. Are you the one to give this boy a new life?

“Meet handsome Jack Frost. Today was his lucky day because he caught a ride out of the shelter with little Tutti with the huge tumor. Jack Frost is an 8 month old boxer (maybe lab x, vet says he has longer fur) who weighs 32lbs. He’s a great puppy who is healthy. He’s good with dogs & people & is said to be submissive. He will be neutered & vetted & ready to go home for the holidays!”

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Hunter fires fatal shot at woman, mistaking her for a deer

A hunter, firing in the dark at what he believed was a deer, fatally shot a woman on Wednesday. According to the New York Daily News, 43-year-old Rosemary Billquist’s life ended shortly after she took her two dogs out for a walk in Sherman, New York.

It was 34-year-old Thomas Jadlowski who fired the fatal shot from a pistol approximately 40 minutes after the sun had set…a time that is illegal to hunt. Dale Dunkelberger of the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s hunter education program, commented on the illegal action in the Buffalo News:

“In this case, it appears from what I gathered this was after sunset, and he shouldn’t have been out there hunting after sunset. You’re done. That’s the law.”

Jamie Billquist, Rosemary’s husband, noted that his wife, an avid runner, was an “angel” who was always quick to help others. No charges have been filed as of yet and the shooter is cooperating with the authorities.

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In another reversal of an Obama policy, prohibiting the importation of endangered animals back to the United States, has been overturned by the Trump administration. The restrictions were put in place to discourage the hunting and poaching of animals that are on the threatened species and who have been targeted for their ivory. In 2015, the Fish and Wildlife Service suspended the import of trophy hunted elephants citing the lack of any statistics relevant to conservation efforts.

On Wednesday, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it will allow trophy hunters to legally bring back their killed wildlife, which now removes restrictions on permits. In a newly created arm of the Department of the Interior, the International Wildlife Conservation Council states it wants to bring:

“…economic benefits that result from U.S. citizens traveling to foreign nations to engage in hunting.”

The IWCC contends overturning the previous rules will benefit “human populations.” There is no supporting research to accompany this latest “conservation” platitude, yet the council states that hunting in Zimbabwe and Zambia will help their conservation efforts. In support of the latest policy is the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action executive director, Chris Cox:

“This is a significant step forward in having hunting receive the recognition it deserves as a tool of sound wildlife management, which has been all but buried in the previous administration.”

ABCNews reports the government has not actually announced the policy change yet, but it was  announced at a wildlife forum in South Africa this week, according to Safari Club International, which filed a lawsuit to block the 2014 ban.

Donald Trump Jr. and his brother Eric Trump are big game hunters and have posted many photos of their hunting exploits, including posing with an elephant’s severed tail and a leopard drawing the ire of animal advocates and humane organizations worldwide. The brothers continue to take hunting trips although they have not been posting their photos. According to Buzz Feed, Trump Jr. ditched his Secret Service protection  in September to go hunting in the Canadian wilderness. He calls hunting “a great way to see the world,” and is pictured holding an elephant’s tail he had just severed.

And if you’re wondering where else all this is coming from, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, whose department includes the Fish and Wildlife Service, he speaks of remembering the days he went on family hunting trips and now wants more families to experience. After installing the arcade game called “Big Buck Hunter” in the department’s cafeteria, he had this to say:

“Some of my best memories are hunting and fishing with my dad and granddad, and then later teaching my own kids to hunt and fish. That’s something I want more families to experience.”

For most Americans, it is hard to forget the Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer who shot Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe, sparking an outrage for killing one of the most beloved African lion that some say his hunting group lured away from the sanctuary with food just so the lion could be shot; that safari hunt for Cecil cost Palmer $50,000 and months of ridicule and criticism.

As for the elephants in Zimbabwe, their population continues to decline, and in the past hunters have always chosen to chase the healthiest and the largest elephants to garner a more impressive trophy.

Most Americans oppose big game hunting and say it should be illegal. In response to this latest government reversal, Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States responded with the following, citing Zimbabwe politics:

“This jarring announcement comes on the same day that global news sources report that Mr. Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s aging dictator, is under house arrest following a military coup. This fact in and of itself highlights the absurdity and illegal nature of the FWS decision to find that Zimbabwe is capable of ensuring that elephant conservation and trophy hunting are properly managed. During the last two years, poachers in the country have poisoned several dozen elephants, including young calves.”

Pacelle continues:

“Government officials cash in by capturing elephant calves who are still dependent on their mothers and exporting them to China for use in zoos. Perhaps not surprisingly, a hunting outfitter advertised elephant hunts in Zimbabwe as soon as the SCI announcement was made public. It’s a venal and nefarious, pay-to-slay arrangement that Zimbabwe has set up with the trophy hunting industry.”

“Let’s be clear: elephants are on the list of threatened species; the global community has rallied to stem the ivory trade; and now, the U.S. government is giving American trophy hunters the green light to kill them.”

Read the previous article about Cecil the Lion.

(Photo courtesy of Dan McBride)

(Additional photo of Trump holding tail via Facebook)

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Property owner destroys deer poacher’s truck with a tractor

A property owner took matters into his own hands when a deer poacher decided to trespass. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police recounted the unusual incident to Facebook users on Monday morning…along with a word of warning:

Respect private property, but if you feel someone isn’t, don’t take matters into your own hands – a license plate gets us what we need most of the time.

According to the agency, two officers responded to a Saturday night phone call about an active poacher on private property. Officers Flowers and Prater responded and noticed a man on a tractor “ram into the back of a pickup truck.”

The tractor driver proceeded to push the poacher’s truck over an embankment – totaling the vehicle. Officers determined that the poacher was a 16-year-old who had killed a closed season cow elk; the meat was donated to a local food bank.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police would like for incidents to be phoned in…not taken into land owner’s hands. They wrote, “Don’t be tractor man – call us (360) 902-2936 or 911”

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Charging deer gores unarmed hunter to death with its antlers

A 62-year-old man taking part in the hunting of deer near Paris, France was gored to death by a deer’s antlers early Tuesday morning. The incident occurred  in the Compiegne forest located approximately 50 miles northeast of Paris.

According to the Local FR, the man, identified as Regis Levasseur, had been acting as a “beater” which is a person who helps the armed hunter corner the animal in a specific area. Levasseur was described as a person who loved to hunt. He “was charged and pierced by a deer which stabbed him with his antlers,” a police spokesman stated. The unarmed hunter died of internal bleeding before emergency services could arrive. Police said this type of death was “uncommon.”

“The antlers of the stag are like many knives piercing you, there is nothing you can do. This tragic accident reminds us that we do not play with a wild animal. There is an inherent risk with hunting,” said Guy Harlé, the president of the local hunters federation.

Just one week prior, animal advocates came out to protest in huge crowds after hunters used hounds to corner a terrified buck who had accidentally wandered near a home in a residential backyard. A hunter then shot the animal at close range. The hunting group involved in the incident had been banned for a month; the hunter who shot the deer had been receiving death threats. Hunters asserted the goring of Levasseur showed why it was necessary to corner and kill the buck because it could indeed hurt an area resident. Most people disagreed stating the animals are very timid and would have likely just fled back into the forest.

On social media, however the interpretation was very different as many people called what happened to Levasseur “karma.”

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