Cow Pranks Horse
CLINTON, Iowa- Hudd Clinton thinks he has a cow that is a class clown. "That cow will do anything for a laugh. I think she talks the horses into getting into trouble all the time." The cow in question, Gertrude, has a history of being in the area where other animals do unintentionally comical and/or foolish things. "Gert' seems to be able to talk the others into doing the dumbest stuff dumb animals can do, and she just gets the biggest kick out of it, too."
Deer Old Dad
CORALVILLE, Iowa- Three deer entered a Kohl's store using the automatic front doors, the Cedar Rapids Gazette newspaper reported. A Kohl's employee said a doe and her two fawns walked into the store after which 30 associates got together to chase them out. No one was hurt during the incident and no serious damage was reported but one associate said "The deer stopped by the cold case where we have some venison sausage, then kind of like, I don't know, like bowed their heads for a second before walking out. I mean, the Mom and little deer acted like they were paying respects or something."
They Are Jealous Of Lifestyle
BARABOO, Wisconsin- Robert Rhode is certain bears are becoming more and more enamored of the western lifestyle after foraging in our dumps. "They see our stuff, even the stuff we throw out and they like it. They want what we have, to live like we do. If they ever learn how to work a fork lift, I might be out of a job," said the mill worker. "Ever see a bear put a rat in a toaster oven? I have. That toaster oven wasn't plugged in but they are one step away from having hot food. What's next?"
Zombie Squirrel Ruins Halloween
PEORIA, Illinois- Youngsters out for trick or treating were spooked by a squirrel wearing a zombie mask. Why the squirrel got into the mask is uncertain but it scared some children so badly they took off running right through a hedge and all that was left behind were two holes in the bushes and two ghosts costumes hanging from its branches as well as spilled bags of candy. "Those kids spotted that zombie squirrel coming at them and they took off and ran through my hedges and went straight for home. Felt bad but it was also the funniest thing I think I have ever seen," said James Smulyan, who had just given the kids some candy.
"They're Going To Be Everywhere"
COLUMBUS, Ohio-“Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!”
Those creatures had Dorothy worried on the yellow brick road in “The Wizard of Oz” — and now you may need to worry about seeing the large carnivores in your backyard, an Ohio State University researcher says. "Lions (mountain), bears, wolves and coyotes are finding urban areas to be just right for a comfortable existence," says Stan Gehrt, a professor of environment and natural resources. “Raccoons, skunks, foxes — they’ve already penetrated the urban landscape. The coyote is just the most recent addition,” Gehrt said. But the abundance of food is bringing even larger carnivores into urban settings. Gehrt said a mountain lion was recently killed in the Wrigleyville area of Chicago. Sightings of mountain lions and bears in suburban areas are increasingly common. “And they are going to be an even bigger challenge,” Gehrt said at the EcoSummit 2102 in Columbus, Ohio, on Friday. A concerned attendee, Mike Birbigson added, "Wolf packs howling down your suburban streets, bears charging as you try to harvest your backyard raspberry bushes, mountain lions playing on your kid's swing set or camping out on your porch, trapping you in your own home. This is the future people."