Man-eating coyotes, wandering wolverines and more

Posted on: May 16, 2016 | Bob Frye | Comments

Coyote USFWS BCoyotes eat a lot of things. Not surprisingly, human remains are one of them.

And then there are stories like these …

Recently, according to media reports, a 73-year-old Long Beach, Calif., man disappeared from view. Neighbors decided to investigate and entered his home.

They discovered skeletal remains scattered about, including a skull in the center of the room. They feared the worst, that he’d been the victim of a crime.

The Los Angeles County coroner’s office was called to investigate.

Its determination?

The man passed away on his couch from natural causes. From there, his remains were eaten by urban coyotes drawn by the smell.

They found  a way into the home and made a meal of its deceased owner.

In North Dakota, meanwhile, a ranch hand was out tending livestock when he noticed a predator harassing calves and “tormenting the cows.” He shot and killed it.

It turned out to be the first wolverine spotted in the state in at least 150 years.

Subsequent research showed it traveled hundreds of miles since being fitted with a radio collar in Colorado in 2008.

The ranch hand faces no charges. According to state wildlife officials – who took possession of the wolverine and plan to have it mounted — quoted in various media, it’s legal for farmers and ranchers to shoot predators harassing or threatening livestock.

But that hasn’t kept the man from getting attacked by some on social media.

Deer--GlobeAssociated Press

This deer had its head caught in a snow globe for a day or more before it was released.

In New York, it’s a too-curious deer that got some recent attention.

According to the Associated Press, the animal got its head stuck in a light globe. A conservation officer discovered the deer lying in the woods in a subdivision, after it was thought to have been stuck in the globe for close to 24 hours.

It took two tries, but the officer was finally able to throw a coat over the deer’s head and pull the globe off. The deer then ran away.

And then there’s this case.

It’s not wildlife related, so much as hunter related.

Pennsylvania Game Commissioners will tell you they get requests for all kinds of hunting seasons, with all kinds of tools, for all kinds of reasons from all kinds of people.

Earlier this year, though, commissioners were asked to allow hunters with a disabled persons permit to hunt with a percussion rifle during the post-Christmas flintlock deer season.

The reason?

Apparently, a disabled hunter with a permit to hunt from a vehicle owns a soft-top Jeep Wrangler. He was inside it, with his flintlock, when he saw a deer. He cocked his rifle and fired.

There was no word on whether he got the whitetail. But the flash from the flintlock did catch the roof of the Jeep on fire.

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Bob Frye is a storyteller with a passion for all things outdoors. He hunts, he fishes, he hikes, he camps, he paddles, backpacks and snowshoes depending on the season. If he’s not an expert at anything, it’s because he’s passionate to try a little bit of everything.