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Re: “Six arrested for illegal hunting

This is the family that had a reality show on Animal Planet called "American Stuffers".

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Posted by ladywithacamera on 04/17/2017 at 6:40 PM

Re: “An aerial look at Bearcat Hollow habitat project in Ozarks

Elk did so much damage to the riparian zones in Yellowstone National Park that they were left bare of vegetation. This occurred because they had no natural predators that kept the herds moving as herd animals are supposed to do. Yellowstone became an elk ranch and had to bring in gray wolves from Canada to regain balance to the ecosystem. The wolves came, they hunted the elk, the elk numbers dropped and those remaining did not just stay in one spot and graze like cattle. My question is what was the natural predator of the native eastern elk that once inhabited Arkansas? We had Red Wolves but they were not much more than coyotes on steroids. In fact, red wolves and coyotes are genetically linked. In Yellowstone, Grizzly bears prey on the elk calves every spring but I do not recall hearing that black bears, which we have in the state, do the same. That leaves mountain lions. Now everyone knows that all of those mountain lion sightings and photos are of escaped pets or just passing through from Missouri to Oklahoma. They aren't staying here or breeding. That has been the stance of Arkansas Game & Fish for the past twenty years. Well I'm glad the elk are here for these transient and/or domesticated mountain lions to have something to eat while they are here. Hopefully the elk will lure even more mountain lions here and they will want to put down some roots, have some kids and stay. After all, they were natives too...

Posted by ladywithacamera on 09/12/2012 at 10:12 PM

Re: “Proposal to expand elk territory draws criticism

Elk used to be here but my question is what predator did we have then that kept their numbers in check? We never had gray wolves here. We had red wolves. The red wolves were between coyotes and gray wolves in size and I can't imagine they were able to take down enough elk to make a dent in population size. Elk grazed and trampled riparian zones in Yellowstone to the point that no plant life could survive. To the point that it was necessary to bring in gray wolves in from Canada to change their grazing behavior and lower their numbers. So someone please explain why it was a good idea to bring in these mega grazers who seem to be able to get over any fence erected in front of them and place them on the banks of the most beautiful free flowing river in the country? I'm not sure if any of y'all have experienced elk in rut in Mammoth Yellowstone, but they get pretty nasty and have injured people and damaged a lot of property with all of that testosterone flowing through their veins. But back to my first question. What ate the elks when they were here before? Besides people.

Posted by ladywithacamera on 09/12/2012 at 9:40 PM

Re: “Felon Duke Cunningham begs gun rights for protection in Arkansas

As far as mountain lions go, in 198 me and my entire family watched an adult mountain lion walk across the pasture next to our house between Conway and Vilonia. All of the horses went crazy and took off running when they saw it. We were all so shocked at what we were seeing that no one even thought to grab the camera. Not that a polaroid would have been capable of capturing it from that distance. Don't know whether it was a released pet, a Missouri or Oklahoma mountain lion who was just passing through or had been born in the state. I still live on the same land thirty years later and never saw it again after that day. Recently, a friend who has cattle near El Paso started finding calf carcasses in trees and large cat tracks underneath. They called AGF and they confirmed that it was indeed a mountain lion but was probably a released pet. Yeah right.....

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Posted by ladywithacamera on 05/26/2012 at 10:28 PM

Re: “Felon Duke Cunningham begs gun rights for protection in Arkansas

He sure makes the Greers Ferry area sound a bit different than the reality. The only threat he will face is the pollution and nonstop traffic from all the gas drilling activity.

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Posted by ladywithacamera on 05/26/2012 at 10:17 PM

Re: “Fracking fluid found in Clinton water supply

Upon hearing of this I immediately remembered the heartfelt plea made by Senator Jason Rapert on front steps of our state capitol. He asked that if anyone had proof of any harm done by the gas industry he would go to the mat and fight for us. It wasn't easy, but I was finally able to have a discussion with him on this matter on the Jason Rapert for Arkansas Senate Facebook Fan Page. You must "like" the page to have access to the exchange. Yes I know, it pained me as well. His statement on the origins of the barrels seems to be information that ADEQ, the Mayor of Clinton, the citiens of Clinton and the news media have not been made privy to. If what he says is true, then I am confused as to why he would not call a press conference or just release an official statement to calm the public panic. People are scared and he is holding information that could put them at ease. In the exchange he asked me to share the information. After much research, I was not been able to find anything to substantiate his claims and didn't feel I should spread information of which I had no proof or at least two sources. I explained to him that I thought this was a statement best left to the media, state agencies or himself.

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Posted by ladywithacamera on 05/21/2011 at 7:17 AM


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