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Some remarkable photos and a video have surfaced of a snarling leopard as it fought locals and forest officials as they tried to drive it back toward a wildlife sanctuary in West Bengal, India, on Tuesday.
It was in the Prakash Nagar village, on the outskirts of Siliguri, that this adult male cat mauled 11 people in the settlement before being captured. In one video, the announcer says that the leopard was released back into the forest.
But later reports claim that the cat died a few hours after being captured from knife wounds it received during the attack.
Forest official Dharma Dev Rai said that the locals used knives, stones and sticks to beat back the cat. The leopard injured six villagers, four forest guards and a policeman, before a forest guard finally shot the cat with a tranquilizer dart. [ Read Full Post ]
The kind of sweltering conditions seen across much of the country right now can cause people to fall victim to heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
As your air conditioner works overtime, your electric bill becomes obscene and crops and gardens wither, make sure you monitor yourself and those around you for signs of heat-related illness. High humidity makes these types of illness come on fast, as your sweat doesn’t evaporate very quickly in humid weather. It’s the evaporation of sweat that cools you down, not just sweat pouring off of you. [ Read Full Post ]
We're looking for stories to be used in the new Outdoor Life Survival Manual, coming to bookstores everywhere in 2012. If we use your story, your name will appear in the book and you'll win a new set of Buck knives. The book is currently being written, so write your story in the comments section now! If you don't have a good story on one of these topics? Don't worry! We'll be asking for more stories on different topics every month.
Contest 1: I Foiled a Home Intruder!
Tell us how you handled a home intruder, burglar or home invasion situation. The story can be funny (maybe you hit him over the head with a frying pan), scary (you were tied up but managed to escape), or somewhere in between.
Write your story in the comments section below for your chance to win. [ Read Full Post ]
What gear do you have in your pockets right now? Seriously, what do you have on your person that can be used for self-preservation?
The idea behind Every Day Carry gear, also referred to as EDC gear, is to have simple, useful items with you at all times in case of an emergency. It's not about fear mongering, just some good old common sense. Don’t get caught empty handed.
I always carry my cell phone, the Casio G’z One, which has a built in flashlight and electronic compass. I also have a back-up light on my keychain. I carry a CRKT folding blade knife, and a lighter as well. [ Read Full Post ]
As unlikely as it may sound, you can actually disinfect your drinking water safely and effectively with common household items.
Whether there's a disaster or water shortage, there are items in your home that can help you purify water. Just be aware that chemical disinfection doesn’t remove toxins, fallout, etc. – it just kills the living pathogens that can make you sick.
First off, any water you may get from a rain barrel, your pool or a nearby creek should be considered contaminated. This water you collect may be dirty, or contain visible particles. A quick trick to make it look better is to pour the water through a coffee filter or a clean cloth. This won’t make it safe to drink, but it can improve the clarity of the water, which will help the following disinfection methods work better. And remember, if you are very sensitive to chemicals, you can always just boil your water for 10 minutes instead of chemically treating it. [ Read Full Post ]
A fast-moving wildfire broke out in northern New Mexico Sunday, June 26, and has led to voluntary evacuations for the city of Los Alamos, including the Los Alamos National Laboratory. If that name rings a bell, Los Alamos was the site where the world's first atomic bomb was developed.
The Las Conchas Fire began Sunday afternoon, about 12 miles southwest of Los Alamos. The blaze has burned more than 3,500 acres, and is endangering one of the nation's key nuclear weapons laboratories, along with the nearby communities. Authorities have said that the fire was rapidly advancing toward the National Laboratory, but had not yet reached lab property. [ Read Full Post ]
It’s been hard to miss (and at times stomach) the graphic news today out of Vancouver, British Columbia, where hockey fans rioted after the hometown Canucks lost to the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals last night.
What began as a few random fires and incidents of vandalism on the evening of June 15, soon became utter chaos, with looters stealing from local stores and police trying to clear the streets. Windows were smashed, fires were lit, police cars were flipped and more than a hundred people needed to visit the hospital. Downtown Vancouver was in a state of anarchy.
So what would you do if you get caught in a ruckus like this? [ Read Full Post ]
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