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August 20, 2015

Man In Bear Costume Harasses Mother Bear & Cubs

ANCHORAGE, AK (AP) Authorities want to talk to a man who donned a fairly realistic bear costume, head and all‚ and wore it when harassing a mother bear and two cubs trying to feed on pink salmon in an Alaska river.

The incident happened Monday on the Chilkoot River near Haines, said Alaska Fish and Game Assistant Area Management Biologist Mark Sogge.

It wasn’t immediately known what the man was trying to accomplish. A crowd had gathered at a weir, used to count fish, because the sow and two cubs have frequently showed up there to feed during the salmon run. The crowd, which is kept at a safe distance from the weir, became startled when a man decked out in a bear outfit ran through the area Monday evening. The man began to jump up and down, and then got close to the cubs, within five to 10 feet, Sogge said.
The man refused to identify himself, Cenicola said.

Sogge reported the man told the technician: “You have the license plate number. You figure it out.”

The man then drove off without ever removing the costume head and revealing his face. Wildlife officials reported the incident to troopers, including the license plate number. Troopers are investigating, spokeswoman Megan Peters said. If warranted, the man could face wildlife harassment charges.

“This is not the first time we’ve encountered a man in a bear suit,” Peters said. The other incident of a man in a bear suit came during the forest fair in Girdwood, just south of Anchorage, a few years back. That man’s arrest was captured on film for the now-canceled “Alaska State Troopers” reality TV show.

Couple Takes Pet Snake For Swim, He Slides Away

Danville, PA (AP) A couple who took their nearly 5-foot boa constrictor for a swim in a Pennsylvania river say the pet slipped away and they’re concerned about its welfare.

The Bloomsburg Press Enterprise reported Thursday that Kolby and Zachary Latranyi had been swimming with the snake named Leyla last weekend in the Susquehanna (suhs-kwuh-HAN’-uh) River.

The Latranyis say the red-tailed boa was shedding, so the swim was designed to help it remove material from its scales.

They say Zachary Latranyi was on shore with the snake wrapped around his shoulders when he dozed off, never noticing that Leyla had slithered away.

They’ve been back to the riverside several times, but so far haven’t turned up the missing reptile.

Leyla is described as brown with rust-colored spots and “very friendly.”

Photo Crew Brings Tiger, Wolves And Bobcat To Shoot

Detroit (AP) A spokeswoman for the owner of Detroit’s Packard Plant says photographers brought a tiger, bobcat and two wolves to the property without permission.

Kari Smith says the animals were trucked in cages to the site Monday morning.

Security guards noticed the animals after checking the photographer’s staff for identification and permits. The tiger spent time out of the cage and on the first floor of one of the buildings.

Two animal trainers were part of the photo crew.

Smith says the photo ``shoot was authorized ... the animals were not authorized.’’ The photo shoot was canceled.

The plant has long been a symbol of Detroit’s decline. Developer Fernando Palazuelo bought it during a 2013 tax foreclosure auction. He is planning to bring homes and retail to the blighted 40-acre property.

Thieves Uncap 1,200 Beers In German Store Seeking Prize

Berlin (AP) Police in western Germany are looking for thieves who broke into a store selling alcohol and stole the caps off 1,200 bottles of beer‚ presumably to collect points for a prize contest‚ yet left the suds themselves untouched.

Essen police said Tuesday the thieves broke into the shop in Muelheim an der Ruhr overnight Sunday and stole the caps from the popular Koenig Pilsner.

They kept those with points toward prizes like Bose speakers or a Black & Decker cordless drill, left dozens of “good luck try again” caps on the ground and didn’t drink a single beer.

Given the number of caps removed, police say they assume that more than one person was involved in the operation. So far they have no suspects.

Buffett Fans Scolded For Leaving Homemade Toilets Behind

Mansfield, MA (AP) Parrotheads are apparently too busy wasting away in Margaritaville to wait in line for the bathroom.

Mansfield police tell The Sun Chronicle that despite warnings against the practice, many fans at the Jimmy Buffett concert Saturday at the Xfinity Center brought homemade, portable toilets for the party in the parking lot. Lt. Sam Thompson says the most common model is a 5-gallon bucket with its rim lined with a foam pool noodle for a seat, stashed inside a tent.

Thompson estimates that 75 to 100 people were instructed to take down makeshift outhouses, but officers found seven to 10 left behind after the show.

Chief Ronald Sellon says it’s “unsanitary and just disrespectful” to leave the latrines behind for others to dispose of, not to mention a health code violation.

Robbers With Machete Run When Store Cashier Pulls Out Sword

Pittsburgh (AP) Two ninja-clad teens armed with a machete and expecting an easy robbery at a Pittsburgh convenience store got quite a shock when a cashier pulled out a sword and started chasing them. Surveillance video shows the teens entering Perry Market on Friday night. One goes behind the counter with his machete and demands money.

But cashier Jewad Hayih was prepared, pulling out a sword to knock the smaller weapon out of one teen’s hand. A customer grabbed the second suspect, but he broke free and both teens ran away. The suspects remained at large Tuesday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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