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Fisherman lends a hand, sort of

(By Outdoor Hub)

GRAND PASS, Fla. – Jack Wiseman, an amateur fisherman participating in a Wounded Warrior Project tourmament for injured veterans, was fighting a large tarpon when the fish got away. The tarpon took his rod and subsequently the prosthetic hand that was holding it.

During the Professional Tarpon Tournament in Boca Grande Pass, Florida, Wiseman was using a special prosthetic arm built to be able to attach different devices to it for various functions.

He hooked onto a tarpon that put up a heck of a fight.

“All of a sudden the hand snapped off the prosthetic device, still hooked to the rod, and the rod and the reel and the hand went down into the water,” he told a CBS reporter.

The boat captain tried unsuccessfully to throw in another hook to cross the line so that at least the hand wouldn’t get away.

“For us it was funny, and that was the biggest thing," said Rudy Salas, another angler on the Wounded Warrior Project. "We said, ‘You’re gonna be a legend -- you’re the only guy that lost an arm out here yesterday.’”

Minutes later, another angler on the boat hooked the same fish. When they pulled it out, they discovered that the rod with Wiseman’s hand was still attached.

In the end, Wiseman got his hand back, but somebody else got the fish.

Guilty of possessing monkey

(By Pennsylvania Game Commission)

DALLAS, Pa. – Jeffery William Arnott, Sr., 46, of Ashley, Luzerne County, recently was found guilty by District Judge Joseph Halesey, of Wilkes-Barre, of unlawfully possessing a Java Macaque monkey, and ordered to pay a $100 fine plus court costs.

On May 19, acting on a call from the Luzerne County 911 Center, Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer Gerald Kapral received a call about a monkey that was on the loose.  WCO Kapral worked with Arnott to capture the monkey, which was located on a homeowner’s porch near Arnott’s home. WCO Kapral then transported the monkey to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, where it remains.

Under Game Commission Regulations (Title 58), it is unlawful for an individual to possess primates in Pennsylvania. The only exceptions are for lawfully permitted facilities or menageries.

Canadian angler hooks a homemade bomb

(By Outdoor Hub)

BRIGHT WATER Sask.– An angler fishing the Bright Water reservoir in Saskatchewan, Canada pulled out one of the most unusual items police have ever witnessed: a bomb.

Around 7:20 p.m. June 3 at the reservoir near Hanley, the fisherman snagged the item, hauled it to the surface and thought the object he pulled out looked like an explosive device.

It turns out that it was a homemade bomb. After the fisherman called Canadian police, a bomb squad was brought in to defuse the item. The explosives disposal unit confirmed it was some type of homemade explosive device, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

Rob King, a corporal in media relations unit for the RCMP, said the bomb was neutralized at the scene and the area was declared safe for the public. Police do not know how the object came to be in the water.

RCMP is not releasing additional information about the bomb, and King said he did not know the identity of the fisherman. Officials are hoping that someone with more information will come forward and that they are able to identify the homemade bomb. No photographs or descriptiosn are being released.

The Bright Water reservoir is a  popular fishing spot. It’s easy to access off a major highway and is a popular spot for recreation.

Guilty of possessing wallaby

(By Pennsylvania Game Commission)

FRANKLIN, Pa. – Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer Mark Allegro, following up on a number of anonymous tips, tracked down an individual who illegally owned a wallaby that was captured May 30, along King Road near Cambridge Springs, Crawford County.

On June 11, WCO Allegro filed charges against Corry A. Lewis, 22, of North East, Erie County, before District Judge Lincoln S. Zilhaver, of Saegertown, Crawford County. Lewis was charged with one count of unlawful importation of wildlife, and one count of unlawful possession of wildlife. Both are fifth-degree summary offenses and carry fines of $100 to $200 dollars for each count.

The wallaby was tranquilized by officials from the Northwest Region, including Information and Education Supervisor Regis Senko, Crawford County WCO Mark Allegro and Northwest Region Wildlife Management Supervisor Roger Coup, and transferred to a licensed facility, where the animal remains.

Resembling a small kangaroo, a wallaby is a member of the marsupial family, and a native of Australia and surrounding islands.

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