Whether you’re an avid outdoorsman or just like to enjoy nature from time to time, you’re aware of the sense of inner peace it can give you to separate yourself from society, if only for a moment. However, when in Rome, you must do as the Romans do. Likewise, you must understand the nature of nature when you’re in the wilderness.
Animals and other creatures here have a primary goal: to stay alive. When they see potential threats, there are a number of defense mechanisms they can employ. That’s why it’s important for you to be aware of some of Canada’s most dangerous animals and understand how they behave.
Bears are not uncommon in the country, and, for the most part, they don’t attack. However, attacks on humans have been on the rise since the 1960’s. These animals are large in size and far stronger and faster than even the most notable athletes. Therefore, if you find yourself face-to-face with one, it’s important to know what to do.
If you’re unarmed and have no means of protection, the best thing to do is play dead. Bears are not known to have a taste for human meat, and attacks are usually the manifestations of territorial or fear reactions. However, if you come equipped with bear spray, you can give yourself the upper hand. These products incapacitate the animal long enough for you to seek safety, and finding the best bear spray has never been easier with the help of the Internet.
Another creature that can quickly turn a fun day outdoors into a terrifying situation is the mountain lion. They aren’t your standard cat. In fact, according to Defenders of Wildlife, they can leap as high as 15 feet and as far as 40 feet. While they are typically solitary in nature, they are also highly territorial.
If you find yourself in the presence of a mountain lion, there are some tips you should follow to protect you and your companions including:
- Make loud noises to frighten the animal
- Try to make yourself appear larger by doing thing such as putting your arms up over your head.
- If possible, get on the shoulders of one of your companions to present a larger appearance.
Another common and potentially dangerous animal well-known to the Canadian landscape is the wild dog. They come in many shapes and sizes. From coyotes and wolves to foxes and more, it’s not uncommon to come across one as you enjoy the outdoors.
Should you find yourself in the presence of a wild dog, understand that they interpret direct eye contact as a sign of aggression. This can trigger them to attack. Rather, you should attempt to take a subordinate approach. Tilt your head downward, and, unlike with cats, lower yourself to show your submission. This will often cause the animal to lose interest in pursuing combat. For more information on how to survive a dog attack, Secrets of Survival offers lots of valuable information.
Knowledge is Key
Ignorance can cause a number of small problems in your life. However, when you are blissfully unaware of how to react during an animal encounter in the wilderness, it could quickly turn into a matter of life and death. These tips and information can help you better understand your surroundings and make the most of a safe and exciting outdoor adventure.
After the attack in San Bernardino, California, last December that killed 14 people and wounded 22 others, the FBI hired a private hacker to unlock the iPhone of one of the two dead terrorists. Perhaps the FBI learned some of Syed Rizwan Farook’s evil secrets. But it also created unsettling secrets of its own.
The mysteries left over from the episode start with these: Who is the unnamed private party the FBI paid to break the smartphone’s security device? How much taxpayer money did the agency pay?
News organizations that have been stiff-armed by the FBI in their Freedom of Information Act request now are suing the bureau for answers.
We hope they succeed. The public should be able to know more about how the FBI cracked the privacy safeguards on the terrorist’s Apple phone. This is about more than one investigation and one wrongdoer’s phone — it’s about the threat that the government’s ability to break into electronic devices could pose to anybody’s online privacy and safety, especially if the tools fell into the wrong hands.
As the lawsuit, filed last week by the Associated Press, the Gannett media company and the Vice Media digital and broadcasting company, said: “Understanding the amount that the FBI deemed appropriate to spend on the tool, as well as the identity and reputation of the vendor it did businesses with, is essential for the public to provide effective oversight of government functions and help guard against potential improprieties.”
Of course, there may have to be limits on what civilians can know about law enforcement’s methods without compromising their effectiveness. But the proper limits almost certainly are fewer than government officials would claim.
Last winter, the FBI tried to force Apple to devise a way to unlock Farook’s work phone, while tech companies argued this would undercut all smartphone owners’ privacy. A day before a scheduled showdown in a Riverside court, the FBI announced it had hired someone to hack the phone. The question remains whether the FBI had been bluffing, claiming it needed the power to compel private companies to cooperate with it when it really didn’t.
But first questions first. Americans should cheer the AP-led lawsuit.
Cherokee County Sheriff’s investigators arrested a Sand Rock Man on drug charges following execution of a search warrant at a residence earlier this week.
On Tuesday, Sept, 27, investigators executed the warrant which result in recovering a quantity of methamphetamine, according to a press release from Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver.
Michael S. Stimpson, 57, was arrested at the scene and charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, Shaver said.
Stimpson remains in the Cherokee County Detention Center, awaiting bond, Shaver said..
I’m sorry that I have little hope for either major team in the state this week. My record was 6-4 last time and 25-16 for the year.
Notre Dame at Syracuse — This is game No. 1 for Notre Dame in its quest to start all over again after firing defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder and losing to Duke. I mean there’s only one way to go from here, right? The Orange is a wonderful team to begin a new life with since the New Yorkers are only a cut above terrible. Irish don’t even need luck to dispatch Syracuse, 33-21.
Kentucky at Alabama — The Lexington Flashes now have a two-game winning streak and travel to Tuscaloosa with big hopes and little else. The Crimson Tide is on what passes as cruise control for them as they can’t help but look forward to a rough finishing schedule. No matter, the Mighty Crimson could play this one blindfolded and still win. Alabama doesn’t break a sweat, 38-14.
Missouri at LSU — It’s hard to imagine Baton Rouge without Les Miles on the sidelines.
It’ll also be hard to gauge the intensity of the crowd, much less the LSU team. Mizzou has shown it has what it takes and could be hard to handle, but I think the Bayou folks think more of Miles than that and the “Show-Mes” lose, 24-12.
Texas A&M at South Carolina — Suddenly the Aggies are one of the favorites in the SEC and have the wins to prove it.
The Game Chickens have avoided being considered a terrible team only barely. Oklahoma transfer QB Trevor Knight has been a godsend for the Aggies.
If this game weren’t in Columbia, I would fear for the safety of Will Muschamp’s guys, but the home crowd will urge them on so they won’t lose by more than 14.
Florida at Vanderbilt — The wind was let out of Florida’s sails last week against the Vols, but the Gators could still be playing for a berth in the SEC game in Atlanta with lots of football to play.
The Commodores will field 11 players on each side of the ball, but that’s all that’s for sure for the ’Dores. Gators are loose in this one and the Ocean Boys are alone in the water with the dangerous, vicious, hungry Swamp Things as they sink by 17.
Wisconsin at Michigan — Jim Harbaugh had better hold on to his khakis when his Wolverines entertain the Badgers in what has turned into a big, big Big Ten game.
The 4-0 Wisconsinites have wins over LSU and Michigan State while the 4-0 Michiganders have victories over Colorado and Penn State. Since its being played at “The Big House,” the Wolverines should shred the Badgers, maybe 24-17.
Louisville at Clemson — This may be for the ACC championship in early season. Both teams are unbeaten and both are ranked in the top five. Both have quarterbacks to brag about with the Cardinals touting Lamar Jackson sporting video-game numbers while the Tigers are showcasing DeShaun Watson. Both are Heisman candidates, but Clemson will squeak by 24-22 in Death Valley.
North Carolina at FSU — Since losing to Georgia to open their season, the Tar Heels have quietly gone about their business of winning the rest of their games. Since Florida State was manhandled and thoroughly embarrassed by Louisville they’ve been hiding in Tallahassee licking their pride.
The Seminoles aren’t used to being humiliated and come out on the warpath, scalping the Boys in Baby Blue, 36-20.
Miami at Georgia Tech — You can’t help but think that former Georgia now Miami coach Mark Richt has been looking forward to his return to the state. After all, Richt absolutely owns the Yellow Jackets.
The Hurricanes are undefeated but haven’t really beaten anybody, while Tech is 3-1 but were absolutely stunted by Clemson. Hurricane QB Brad Kaaya will pick apart the slower Jacket secondary as Miami runs the Engineers off the rails, 30-20.
Tennessee at Georgia — Oh boy, this is one of them slobber-knockers that might go down to the last snap or maybe even into extra innings. Tennessee seems have finally gotten their feet under them after some early shaky play in coming back against Florida last week, while Georgia stood aghast after their dismantling at the hands of an Ole Miss team that showed no mercy. The Bulldogs are still young and lack experience. The Vols may have their best team since Phil Fulmer was pulling the strings. The Smokies take the bark out of the dogs, 27-20.
Norman Arey is an award-winning journalist and a columnist for the Rome News-Tribune. He can be reached at NArey@RN‑T.com.
A forestry service representative has released the latest update on the current wildfire situation in Alabama.
“Over the past few days we have experienced an increase in wildfire activity across central, northeast, and east central Alabama,” said Colleen Vansant, Wildland Urban Interface Coordinator Firewise Communities/USA State Coordinator.
“We are in our usual fall fire season but the extended drought across much of the state, particularly from I-65 east is creating greater problems for wildland firefighters. In the past few days, dry conditions combined with low humidity and an increase in wind is creating a favorable weather environment for wildfire. Yesterday, Wednesday, September 28, 2016 the state had 38 wildfires for 282 acres. In the last seven days we have had 137 wildfires for approximately 1,540 acres. Most of these fires have occurred east of Interstate 65 and north of Randolph County to the Tennessee line.”
“Although we are under no burning restrictions at this time, the Alabama Forestry Commission is urging everyone to use extreme safety precautions when doing any type of outdoor burning,” said Vansant. “The best thing to do is postpone any burning until measurable rainfall is received.”
The City of Cedartown is joining with Rockmart in extending the expiration of the burn ban in the area past the beginning of October.
According to Cedartown Fire Chief Darrell Stephens, the ban is being extended until the western portions of Polk County within the city limits get more rain.
The City of Rockmart announced earlier this week it would extend its ban past Oct. 1 in order to prevent the potential spread of fire during drought conditions.
Stephens said the extension is currently indefinite, but that an announcement will be made when the burn ban is lifted and permits are being issued again.
Registration for youth basketball is going on now at Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation, and Sunday is the final day to take advantage of the early registration fee of $65.
Starting Monday and running through Oct. 28, registration will be $75, and for multiple siblings, registration is $65 once the first child is registered. After Oct. 28, registration will be based on availability and will be $90.
The age control date for basketball is Jan. 1, 2017. For 5- and 6-year-olds, teams are co-ed, but for 8U through 14U, girls and boys play on separate teams.
Team formation is slated for the first week of November and practices begin Nov. 9 for the season that begins on Jan. 3.
For those who have questions, contact Parks and Recreation headquarters at 706.291.0766. Registration can be completed at rfpra.com.
Rome-Floyd County Fire Department water rescue personnel received three new kayaks, which will help them get to people who have become lost or injured on Rome’s rivers.
Vibe Kayaks, manufactured in Kennesaw, and Kayak Bass Fishing Magazine donated the kayaks Wednesday.
“With water conditions the way they are out there now (and) even when the river is much higher, we can’t get to some of these places in the power boat,” said Capt. Grant Collier.
All three of the kayaks will be based at Station 4 — next to Etowah Park — the closest station to the Dixon Landing boat ramp on the Etowah River at Grizzard Park.
Collier said that the Etowah River between the Allatoona Dam and Rome has more native fish weirs, or fish traps —formed by stacking rocks across the river — than any other river in the state. The rocks are stacked in a V-pattern in the water to force fish through an opening at the bottom of the “V” where the fish could easily be caught.
The fire department has what they call a rock-proof jet boat to help them navigate over the weirs during extremely low-water periods. However, Collier said there are some places on the river they can’t access by the traditional powerboat, and the kayaks could be used in its place.
“We actually had a call Sunday night where we were on our way to get kayaks because a lady was lost in Big Cedar Creek and nobody could get in touch with her,” Collier said.
The woman was ultimately recovered safely, he added.
Todd West with Vibe and KBFM said he uses the Etowah River a lot and knows the river can be very low and difficult to maneuver the jet boat across at times.
“In some of these situations, people aren’t hurt, they just need guidance to get out,” West said. “With these (kayaks), they can use them as lead boats and lead people out.”
Each of the kayaks has been fitted with a spotlight provided by Ram Mounts. NOCQUA, an adventure gear company, donated very small compact batteries, which allow the spotlights to be used as hand held devices that could be used to make searches by land easier.
West said RiverDog Paddle Co. in Rome also made a contribution to the rescue kayak project.
The Gordon Central Warriors welcomes students to Celebration Island this week, in celebration of Homecoming 2016.
Students are participating in dress-up theme days this week. On Monday, students celebrated Castaway Day, dressing as if stranded on an island. Students celebrated Islander / Camo Day on Tuesday, dressing in attire from their favorite island. Surfing USA, “Cowabunga Dude,” is today’s theme, where students are wearing their best surf style. Tomorrow, students will dress in Pirates of the Caribbean theme and on Friday, the school will celebrate Blue Crush Spirit Day.
This year’s Homecoming Court nominees included: freshmen Jaky Alverez, Madison Reyes, Lily Glass; sophomores Wyatt Bishop, Morgan Frank, Emilie Moser, Emily Land; juniors Jabresha Evans, Karen Cervantes, Dayla Brock, Cassidy Tinch; and seniors Sammy Tomasello, Valentin Avalos, Grant Thomas, Louis Olivares, Colyn Nix, Cayla Turley, Beyda Martiniz, Yesenia Jacobo, Kathryn Hill and Leah Coats.
On Thursday, Sept. 29, Gordon Central will hold their Homecoming Parade at 3:30 p.m. in downtown Calhoun.
This Friday, Gordon Central hosts Dade County at 7:30 p.m. for their Homecoming game, where the Homecoming Queen will be crowned during the halftime ceremony.
On Saturday, the Gordon Central Homecoming King will be crowned at the annual Homecoming Dance.
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The Floyd County Jail releases arrest reports twice a day – 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.