Archive for the ‘Strange’ Category

Mystery animal attack on horse!

- February 4th, 2015

 

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(These graphic images show the extent of injuries sustained by Christa Fraser’s horse)

But what really attacked Christa Fraser’s horse? Was it a coyote as reported initially?

Can only be one thing in my opinion….and it aint a Sasquatch!

According to Fraser, who stated “I don’t believe that one lone coyote would get between two horses and attack one of them in broad daylight”, and goes-on to explain that it doesn’t fit with a coyote’s hunting pattern and the wound is not consistent at all with a coyote attack.

The National Capital Commission first sent out a release Sunday advising the public to be on the lookout for a coyote spotted in the vicinity then Tuesday, they updated details of their advisory asking residents and farmers to increase safety measures for livestock and pets.

Trails were closed and  traps were installed and NCC will continue to monitor the area.

But how big were said traps??

Ms. Fraser contacted the Sun to explain she found one of her two horses “severely wounded” in the paddock, 50-feet from her front door and wanted to warn her neighbors to be on the lookout for the dangerous animal.

Even Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources Dr. Brent Patterson studied the photos of the horse’s wounds and ruled out coyotes, bobcats or cougars as the culprits but suggested perhaps a ‘foreign animal’ could be to blame.

Patterson explained that  “There are strange exotic domestic animals in large areas like Ottawa” and that they do tend to escape from time to time.

So, what really attacked Ms. Fraser’s horse?

Well, my first thought would have been a cougar, but Dr Patterson ruled that out, so the only reasonable explanation is the Sasquatch from the Patterson-Gimlin film footage!

Hmmm…Dr. Patterson…Patterson-Gimlin, that is a little ironic, don’t you think??

Anyone own a Big Foot trap?

Outdoorsguy

Note: Read ahead to comments, as there has been developments in this case (including an interview I did with Christa Fraser) since my initial post went live.

The following image, taken 2011 in Michigan, shows a radio-collared and ear-tagged cougar. According to Michigan DNR, the closest state with radio-collaring program is North Dakota, of course this case may have originated from Canada as well.

It does demonstrate how cougars can travel very long distances from the home range.

 

Outdoors Guy – Ice Bucket Challenge Video with spin-offs

- August 25th, 2014

I completed my Ice Bucket Challenge over the weekend and may have attracted a few deer as well…

I challenged Doc from CHEZ 106 FM’s Doc & Woody Show, Ed Hand of 1310 NEWS Talk to the Hand, and Anthony Dixon, Managing Editor of the Pembroke Daily Observer!!

Here’s my video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gp5-GCCFn5g

 

Here is CHEZ 106 FM’s Doc doing his Ice Bucket Challenge (at my request):

https://www.facebook.com/Chez106#!/photo.php?v=10152229670537234&set=vb.83715487233&type=2&theater

 

Also, be sure to check out Randall Moore of CHEZ 106′s IBC:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZ2FDpJKghc&feature=youtu.be

 

Here is Eric the Intern’s challenge if you haven’t seen it yet(Not for the faint of heart):

http://youtu.be/1rF_1IhU0vM

 

Anthony Dixon, Managing Editor of  the Pembroke Daily Observer, completed his challenge (At my request) on beautiful Round Lake:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ipKNyQ4iuM

 

Stay tuned for Woody’s challenge and Ed Hand of 1310 NEWS just around the corner!!

 

Outdoorsguy

 

Outdoors Guy – Ice Bucket Challenge – stay tuned!

- August 21st, 2014

This morning I was challenged by Eric the Intern, of CHEZ 106 FM’s Doc & Woody Show, to the Ice Bucket Challenge in support of ALS.

Thank you Eric, I gladly accept this challenge!!

Although he did his Ice Bucket Challenge completely nude (no mental image please) I have no plans of doing the same. Perhaps a camouflage loincloth ala Uncle Ted Nugent, but nothing less than that.

Stay tuned to the Outdoors Guy for a glimpse of Eric the Intern’s ass video, I mean ALS video, and my own Ice Bucket Challenge to follow!

Also, be sure to listen to the Doc & Woody Show on CHEZ 106 FM tomorrow(Friday) morning for more details.

 

Outdoorsguy

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Another summer of Ontario cougar sightings!

- July 11th, 2014

Last summer you may recall my interview with Shawn Heggert; a man who lives in a small town southeast of Ottawa. Shawn is an avid outdoorsman – hunter and fisherman – like many of us are, and is always watching the fields and forests near his house for signs of wildlife.

While driving his vehicle near Mountain last summer, something peculiar caught his attention.

A large brown ‘cat’ with a long tail was running along the roadside in front of him. It was a cougar and Shawn knows wildlife well enough to realize what one looks like.

“I wasn’t hard to tell this guy was a cougar, I mean, he was only 30 yards away and it was  broad daylight!” said Heggert.

Upon returning home, Shawn got on the Internet and began searching Ontario Cougars, which led him to one my articles in the Ottawa SUN from Summer, 2012, with the story of the cougar shot by Police in the Muskoka’s.

Since I interviewed Shawn about his cougar sighting last summer, copious other sightings have flowed, like sap in springtime, to my email Inbox . I have received, on average, 1 cougar sighting per month over the past two years and from all over the place.

There must be something to it is all I have to say! Could it be that all these sightings are from ‘pets’ or ‘formerly captive’ cougars?

Sure, the one killed by police two summers ago in the Muskoka’s had evidently been a captive animal (it had been declawed) but there are far too many sightings, across the province each year to ALL be escaped pets.

It seems no one wants to believe that a remnant population of the (now believe to be) extinct Eastern Cougar might exist in Eastern Canada, yet the sightings continue to grow in numbers. Or perhaps the other theory of an west-east expansion is more plausible? (This is the one I subscribe to)

At any rate, the number of cougar sightings continues to grow and expand into areas of the province beyond the current central & eastern Ontario cougar hotspots.

I mean, I’ve heard of cougars (4-legged) being spotted within ear-shot of downtown Toronto!!

It will be interesting to see what transpires with this one the MNR are actively trying to live trap in Peterborough.(Story by Pete Fisher of the Peterborough Examiner) To my knowledge, this is one of the first efforts the Ministry has made to live trap a cougar. (Not even sure that live trapping was attempted in case of Bracebridge cougar killed by police)

Many of the folks who’ve contacted me since 2012 stated that they got in-touch with their MNR office and were told, flat out, that cougars DO NOT exist in the province.

This live-trapping effort in Peterborough suggests that our MNR now admits, in this case anyway, that we may have some large cats roaming the province of Ontario after all.

Seen a cougar? Drop me a line anytime! I don’t own a culvert trap, but I’m willing to listen intently with an open mind!

(theoutdoorsguy@rogers.com)

Outdoorsguy

Note: Since I know Pete Fisher of the Peterborough Examiner, I contacted him yesterday about this story; which falls close to his backyard. He is providing me with updates…

When Animals Attack – Goose Edition!

- June 27th, 2014

Kerry Surman after goose attack

Ottawa cyclist Kerry Shurman had no idea what was in store for her during a leisurely ride on the Trans Canada trail between Stittsville and Carleton Place.

All was going well until a family of seemingly harmless geese appeared on the trail before her and suddently all hell broke loose!

After giving the waterfowl some space, Shurman thought she’d just ‘zip past’ them and on her way but somehow misjudged how fast she was pedalling, or perhaps she startled the geese.

In a split second the final goose in the group, which appeared larger and evidently more agressive than the rest, was up in her face faster than you can say cooked goose!

The forlorn fowl wrapped its wings around Shurman’s head, as she recalls, and the next thing she remembered was lying on the ground in pain unable to get up!

Fortunately another cyclist happened-by and brought the dazed and badly injured cyclist to seek medical attention.

Kelly Shurman suffered a concussion, face lacerations, a fractured cheekbone and a loose tooth! She spend 5-days in the hospital before being released.

It just goes to prove, you never know what an animal is capable of until they’re on top pounding the pickles out of you!

A Canada Goose though? Who’d a thunk it!

As a footnote to this story, reports say that while lying injured beside the bike path, Shurman also contracted poison ivy! (If being attacked by a goose wasn’t bad enough)

 

Outdoorsguy