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Cougar Spotted in Muskoseepi Park

Cougar Spotted in Muskoseepi Park

Wrong Cougar Guys!!!!

Fish & Wildlife Division of Alberta Sustainable Resources is currently investigating sightings of a

cougar on Muskoseepi Park trails in the Country Club West area.

Until such time that they forward an update for the public, please refrain from using the trails in South Bear Creek.

If you spot the animal in your locale, please report sightings to Fish & Wildlife at 780.538-5265, or the Government of Alberta’s Report A Poacher  phone number after business hours.

Send us your favorite cougar photo and we will post for you.  Please included information.  info@100milemall.com

Bear Attacks

Bear Attacks

August is an active month for bears – help prevent encounters

bear growlingEdmonton… Albertans are urged to help reduce encounters with bears. August is a busy time for the animals, as they roam for food sources like wild berries. The recent warm weather means more campers, backyard barbeques and ripening fruit trees, which increase risk of bear encounters.

Bears are currently active, traveling along green areas and river valleys as they search for wild berries and other natural food sources. As bears move, they may be attracted to garbage, fruit trees, barbeques or pet food in backyards.

For those living in bear country:

  • use bear-resistant containers for your garbage;
  • clean barbeques after each use and store in a garage or shed;
  • ensure bird feeders are taken down until October;
  • bring pet food and dishes inside overnight; and
  • when making landscaping decisions, avoid fruit trees or shrubs that produce berries. If you do have these trees, pick fruit regularly and don’t leave fruit on the ground.

For those camping, hiking or biking in bear country:

  • pack out all garbage in airtight containers and dispose of it at home or in a bear-proof bin;
  • do not burn or bury scrap food;
  • keep food, toiletries, pet food and other attractants stored in airtight containers and out of the reach of bears – never in your tent;
  • do not sleep in the same clothes you wore while cooking;
  • if you hike with a dog, keep it on a leash; and
  • mountain bikers should avoid bear habitat at this time of year. If you are in bear habitat, be cautious and avoid trails with thick bush, tight corners and hills.

When in bear habitat, always carry bear spray and know how to use it. To learn more about proper use and backcountry camping strategies, visit youtube.com and search “Alberta” and “BearSmart.”

If a bear is in your yard or community or if a bear is a safety concern, call the nearest Fish and Wildlife office (310-0000 toll-free) or the 24-hour Report A Poacher line at 1-800-642-3800.

Cool Spider

Cool Spider

Spider Cool Clynotis severus, Female

Mixed Marriage Black and White Raven

Mixed Marriage Black and White Raven

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Pakistan Flood Aftermath

This is scary – the first image doesn’t even look real!

It looks like something out of an illustrated book…

Pakistan Flood aftermathAn unexpected side-effect of the flooding in parts of
Pakistan has been that millions of spiders climbed up into the trees to
escape the rising flood waters. Because of the scale of the fl00ding and
the fact that the water has taken so long to recede, many trees have
become cocooned in spiders webs. People in this part of Sindh have never
seen this phenomenon before – but they also report that there are now
less mosquitoes than they would expect, given the amount of stagnant,
standing water that is around. It is thought that the mosquitoes are
getting caught in the spiders web thus reducing the risk of malaria,
which would be one blessing for the people of Sindh, facing so many
other hardships after the floods. UK aid – in response to the Pakistan
floods – is helping millions of survivors return home and rebuild their
lives. 

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Wind Lift I

Wind Lift I

Wind Lift IGerman special crane ship for the setups of offshore wind farms called Wind Lift I in the harbour of Emden

Bluefest Stage Collapse

Festival will watch weather more closely after violent storm toppled stage

OTTAWA – Provincial investigators were combing the gnarled wreckage at the grounds of the Ottawa Bluesfest on Monday for clues to explain how a violent summer gale toppled the festival’s main stage.

The structure collapsed Sunday night as howling winds blew while the band Cheap Trick was on stage. Thousands of people scurried for cover as scaffolding buckled into a heap.

At least four people were hurt — including the band’s truck driver — but the head of the festival says all have now been released from hospital.

The veteran rock band — best known for hits including “Surrender” and “I Want You to Want Me” — said they were merely shaken, not hurt.

***WARNING – GRAPHIC LANGUAGE

“Everyone is okay and we are so lucky to be alive and hope that all the fans are okay too,” band said in a message posted on their Facebook page.

Video of the Bluesfest site posted on YouTube showed the stage, which stood several storeys tall, being propelled backward before crumpling and damaging a tractor-trailer truck parked behind it.

Without elaborating, Cheap Trick lead singer Robin Zander ended the band’s Internet posting with the words, “And all the best to our truck driver Sandy.”

Band manager Dave Frey told CNN “one of our drivers will spend the night in the hospital.”

A team from Ontario’s Ministry of Labour was on site Monday looking for anything that might explain how the big stage came tumbling down. The ministry will produce a report on the incident.

There are still more questions than answers. Namely, should organizers have called off the show when the weather turned nasty?

The executive director of Bluesfest says that’s what they did.

“We were monitoring the weather and what was a watch turned into a more severe situation,” Mark Monahan said at a morning news conference.

“And when that happened we called it immediately.”

Environment Canada issued a severe thunderstorm warning about an hour before the stage collapsed. But Monahan said the festival can’t stop every time the weather deteriorates.

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***WARNING – GRAPHIC LANGUAGE

Sky Sharks

Sky Sharks: Pictures of Super-Predators Snatching Prey From the Air

Sky Shark

Air Jaws Photo courtesy of Chris Fallows, http://www.apexpredators.com

Peace Region Flooding Progress Report

Peace Region Flooding Progress Report

Travel Advisories and Detour Information

Updated: July 16, 2011 – 12:00 NOON PDT

Current Closures

A full status list of ongoing closures for this area is available.
No guarantees are made as to how complete or current this list is.

The most significant roads closed by flooding or washout are:

Tumbler Ridge area:

  • Highway 52 26km south of Arras
    CLOSED to all traffic at this site. Heavy rains have washout out a 15m section of highway. Crews are on site and responding to this incident. Detour route is available via Highway 29 from Tumbler Ridge to Chetwynd. Due to further heavy rains in past 24 hours there is now no estimated time of opening. (Noon, July 16).

Chetwynd and area:

  • 97 West of Chetwynd
    Highway 97 OPEN — EXPECT MAJOR DELAYS
    Hwy 97 between Mackenzie Junction and Chetwynd is open to all vehicles to a maximum width of 3.8m and 100% legal axel weight except chip trucks. Traffic will be piloted through work zones in both directions, and single lane lane traffic control will be encountered at several sites, expect major delays. Alternate Route to Peace area is available on Hwy 16 from Prince George to Hinton, Alberta, North on Hwy 40 to Grande Prairie, North on Hwy 43 & Hwy 2 to Dawson Creek, Hwy 97 to Fort St. John.
    See map below and Alternate Routes.
  • Highway 29 Both Directions
    REOPENED – Two lane traffic
    The road is open to two lane traffic. Please obey any traffic control personnel and signage. Watch for workcrews and equipment at multiple locations.

Dawson Creek area:

  • Dangerous Goods Route (94 Rd) near 208 Rd
    REOPENED to TWO LANE TRAFFIC for all vehicles. Commercial vehicle weight restrictions in effect over bridges.

Other Closures:

  • Highway 16 – Prince George to McBride
    REOPENED Wash Out 77 km east of Prince George. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic

In addition many secondary roads have been damaged throughout the Peace Area.  The situation is improving, but please take caution as you travel the Peace area road system.

Crews working to restore access in Peace region

Crews are continuing to work to restore access on Highway 97 between Chetwynd and Mackenzie Junction, Highway 52 between Dawson Creek and Tumbler Ridge and other priority routes throughout the Peace Region, following major floods and washouts caused by a one in 100-year rainfall event. Ministry engineers have completed initial assessments of the major sites.  Crews and heavy equipment have been mobilized with priority on reconnecting severed routes while Maintenance Contractor crews and equipment are at work responding to erosion, flooding and washouts throughout the Peace Region.  As we work through the initial response to restore access, our engineers are already working on detailed recovery plans for the complete restoration of the highway.  Crews are already making great progress with over 75 pieces of heavy equipment deployed.

Up to 150mm of rainfall over the weekend of June 23-25, and an additional 80mm the weekend of July 8-10, resulting in damage at over 200 sites on approximately 150 roads throughout the Peace Region, including the Dawson Creek Dangerous Goods Route, Highway 29, Highway 52 and Highway 97. Of the 200 sites, crews have been able to almost fully open, open to single lane alternating traffic or provide alternate access on these roads.  On Highway 97, crews have identified approximately 15 sites with major damage and numerous other small sites along the corridor.

Drive Carefully. For up to date information please check Drive BC at www.drivebc.ca or call 1-800-550-4997

Alternate Routes and Map

CN Rail Washout 2011

Make sure you check out the slide show !!!

CN Rail Washout 2011 see slide show NORTHERN BRITISH COLUMBIA CN train G84751-13 derailed along the Bulkley subdivision of CN’s northern British Columbia lines near Andimaul, BC (between Smithers, BC, and Terrace, BC). The incident, which occurred at approximately 1619hrs PDT on Wednesday, July 13th, affected trains running between Prince George and Prince Rupert. Track was repaired as of 0155hrs PDT on Friday, July 15th. Customers should expect minor delays as we cl … Read More

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