Christmas Hating Coyotes Causing Flight Delays
RALEIGH, North Carolina- Travelers flying in and out of Raleigh-Durham International Airport have more than long security lines to worry about this holiday season because of a sudden increase in coyotes on the runway, causing major take-off and landing delays. Airport workers and federal wildlife agents try to scare the coyotes off with cap guns and bottle rockets, but that doesn't keep them from dashing out in front of taxiing and landing planes. Earlier this year, a coyote was hit by a American Eagle jet trying to land. "They go after planes when they are most vulnerable-- during the landing," said Leroy Bauman, co-director of airport security. "You almost want to arm our smaller planes so the pilots can blast away coyotes that approach the runway. It's doable. A lot of commercial pilots have combat experience but that approach might freak out the passengers."
Police Suspect Moose Killed Woman
STOCKHOLM, Sweden- Swedish police say they've cleared a man arrested for murdering his wife after deciding the culprit was most likely a moose. Police spokesman Ulf Bockwinkle says "The improbable has become probable" in the puzzling death of 63-year old Agneta Westlund. She was found dead after an evening stroll in the forest. According to news reports, the victim's husband, Ingemar Westlund, was jailed but the case against him was dropped when lab results showed hairs and saliva from a moose on the victim's clothes. "Ingemar always insisted there was a moose that had it in for his wife, and I guess the lab proved him right," said Bockwinkle.
Deer Attack Football Playing Kids In Their Own Backyard
WINTERSVILLE, Ohio- A couple of boys were involved in a friendly game of backyard football when the pigskin got away from them. It rolled down near a wooded area, and when one lad went to retrieve it, some grumpy, child-hating deer attacked him in a fit of rage. But the angry buck didn't realize how strong the bond of team is for humans. When a team mate is being pummeled it's time for his nine-year-old friend to pick up a stick and starts clubbing the crazed deer in the head until it takes off for the woods. An arriving police car's video camera caught the culprit as it escaped.
Deer Skewers Homeowner
MOIRA, New York- For a few terrifying minutes, a Moira man became prey for a disgruntled buck. An attack by a 10-point buck Friday sent Gerald A. Dabiew, 56, to the emergency room, covered from head to toe with cuts and bruises. Mr. Dabiew, who doesn't even hunt, was attacked for several minutes by the buck behind his house. "It seemed like hours," Mr. Dabiew said. “I was loading wood behind the house, and the next thing I know this deer was coming at me," he said. "He got me down on the ground, and it was then I knew that he really wanted to kill me. I've got bruises from head to toe. He picked me up in the air and pounded me into the ground. I don't know why he came around. I'm not even a hunter." Mr. Dabiew said he certainly didn't consider deer to be dangerous animals — until Friday. "It changed my way of thinking," he said. "I took an awful pounding; I know that. If they start going after pacifists like me they really must be angry."
Live Deer Attacks Dead Deer Meat Processor
BARTONVILLE, Illinois- A deer crashed into Echo Valley Meats' plate glass window and shattered it Thursday morning. According to owner, Dave Alwan, video surveillance showed the deer crashing into the window and taking off. Bartonville Police Chief Brian Fengel said he has seen deer encounters like this before. "It's rut season for deer," he said. "We've had a lot of deer accidents and it's just a coincidence Echo Valley Meats processes deer meat." But Dave Alwan is not so sure, saying, "Either we're so good, they're just dying to get in here, or some of these deer are seeking revenge for what we are doing to their relatives."