Move over, “Florida Man,” the year’s best headlines — and by best, we mean those seemingly written by Mad Libs — belong to the animals of Alaska, and their often ill-fated interactions with humans.
The man threw a piece of meat at the bear, which ate it, she said. Then he offered another piece, she said.
“That’s when it kind of went ballistic.”
“As soon as I saw it, I thought ‘small bear.’ ” Afterwards, he said, he recalled terrible maulings and fatal attacks in Alaska by black bears a little more than 100 pounds. “Have you ever tried to fight with a 5-pound house cat? They’ve got claws and teeth and they can hurt you, too.”
… [Being Alaska, the story then segues into a run-in with a moose.]
Marshall said she spoke to the animal — “I said, ‘Go away, go away,’ ” — but instead it kicked her with a foreleg, hitting her hard on the right thigh. A second blow by the moose hit her in the left hip. That’s when she decided to keep quiet.
Jim Tuttle knew the bear that mauled him.
Its nickname was Buddy. Tuttle and the hunters he guided often spotted the small female grizzly in the rolling tundra northwest of Anaktuvuk Pass.
The man who was mauled by a black bear after tossing barbecue meat at the animal Saturday has been ticketed for illegally feeding game, Alaska State Troopers say.
A reminder: Anchorage bears aren’t hibernating yet.
He still misses Buddy, one of four turkeys he incubated at home four years ago after receiving a shipment of eggs from his home state of Nebraska. The turkey used to rub up against Vinduska like a cat or a dog. He’d also get bored and chase cars.
“He would run out and bite at their tires,” Vinduska said. “You’d see these people go, ‘What the heck?’ A turkey is biting at their tires. He’d be so proud when they drove off like he ran them off.”
One of three men on a charity bike ride from Idaho to Alaska shifted into high gear on the Alaska Highway in the Yukon when a wolf started pursuing him. Mac Hollan managed to fire a blast of pepper spray into the wolf’s face, but the pursuit continued.
“We were out (looking) for caribou or anything. Wolverine. Whatever we could find, and we run into that bear,” said [James] Tazruk…
Kevin Mayo says rescuers may have trampled any wolf tracks and her vivid description makes him believe his mother saw the predators. But mostly, he’s happy his mother was found alive.
His father, Scott Mayo, was found safe a few hours later.
Thirsty and missing three shoes, a horse that went missing for a week in the Chugach Mountains has been rescued, according to its owners.
At about 5 p.m. Saturday, Christene Gravley said her husband B.J. and a friend, Rose Brigmon, had emerged from the Chugach with Windy, the animal that escaped from a sheep hunting camp last weekend.
The politi-cat survived the brawl with an estimated 5-inch gash along his side, a punctured lung and a fractured sternum, CNN reports. Stubbs is reportedly now breathing on his own after relying on a chest tube since the attack over the Labor Day weekend. He has been receiving care at the Big Lake-Susitna Veterinary Hospital.
BONUS CANADIAN HEADLINE
An unidentified American visiting Dawson, Yukon, deliberately swallowed a human toe that’s the draw — and the dare — in the Downtown Hotel’s famous “Sourtoe Cocktail” ritual. Drinkers are supposed to let the toe touch their lips, but the man nonchalantly swallowed the toe along with the cocktail in one gulp and dropped $500 on the table to pay the “fine” for taking the toe.
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Despite trailing Hillary Clinton by a significant margin, Bernie Sanders wasn't going the way of Ted Cruz tonight. The Vermont senator upset Clinton in Indiana, with MSNBC calling the race at 9pm. Sanders appears poised to win by a five- or six-point spread.
And just like that, it's over. Ted Cruz will suspend his presidential campaign after losing badly to Donald Trump in Indiana tonight. "While Cruz had always hedged when asked whether he would quit if he lost Indiana; his campaign had laid a huge bet on the state." John Kasich's campaign has pledged to carry on. “From the beginning, I’ve said that I would continue on as long as there was a viable path to victory,” said Cruz. “Tonight, I’m sorry to say it appears that path has been foreclosed."
The Republican establishment's last remaining hope—a contested convention this summer—may have just ended in Indiana, as Donald Trump won a decisive victory over Ted Cruz. Nothing Cruz seemed to have in his corner seemed to help—not a presumptive VP pick in Carly Fiorina, not a midwestern state where he's done well in the past, and not the state's legions of conservatives. Though Trump "won't secure the 1,237 delegates he needs to formally claim the nomination until June, his Indiana triumph makes it almost impossible to stop him. Following his decisive wins in New York and other East Coast states, the Indiana victory could put Trump within 200 delegates of the magic number he needs to clinch the nomination." Cruz, meanwhile, "now faces the agonizing choice of whether to remain in the race, with his attempt to force the party into a contested convention in tatters, or to bow out and cede the party nomination to his political nemesis." The Associated Press, which called the race at 7pm, predicts Trump will win at least 45 delegates.