How long do animals live?

The RoVing Naturalist  By Dennis Prichard Animals’ Ages How old do animals get? That is a good question – one that’s not easily answered. Different methods are used to tell each animal’s age, and then these methods don’t always hold true. Of course those animals living in zoos have exact ages known, but these are not truly natural life spans, being free…

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Forest River recalls some fifth wheels: wrong weight placard

Forest River is recalling certain 2019 Prime Time Crusader fifth-wheel trailers, model CSF315RST. The Federal Placard on these vehicles indicate that the axles have a weight capacity of 6,000 pounds when their actual capacity is 5,100 pounds. The incorrect Federal Placard may result in the axles being overloaded, causing a loss of control, and increasing the risk of a crash.…

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Auburn, CA, campground visitors handle bat that tested positive for rabies

Handling or even coming into close contact with wild animals is a bad idea, as illustrated by a visitor to the Mineral Bar campground in the Auburn State Recreation Area, Calif., who found a bat and allowed other visitors, including children, to touch the animal. The visitor took the bat to animal control the following day, and test results showed the bat…

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Police arrest drunken man with AR-15 in PA campground

A drunken young man with an AR-15 in a campground is something none of us wants to encounter. And when two Woodward Camp employees asked him to leave, the 21-year-old man fired three shots into a field, according to state police at Rockview, PA, as reported by the Centre Daily Times. The young man, Justin Bradley, confronted the two employees on Saturday; the…

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Man “attends services” by crashing motorhome into church

Parishioners of the Community Bible Church in Cordes Lakes, Arizona, had a surprise visitor when a man crashed his RV into the church during the Sunday afternoon service, reports TV/CBS 5. The parishioners told deputies they heard the crash during the service just after noon. Deputies arrived at the church located at 20000 Club Lane a short time later. Yavapai County…

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Special police unit formed to thwart RV thefts in Elkhart County, IN

Thieves have discovered a fertile source of stealable stuff from TVs in RVs to completed travel trailers from manufacturers in Indiana.  A special police unit is seeking to curb these burglaries and thefts from recreational vehicle companies in northern Indiana, reports the Miami Herald. Police in the Elkhart County city of Goshen say their unit was formed to deal with…

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Homeless camps increasing in Seattle’s urban forest parks

Seattle residents love their urban forest parks, but lately, homeless camps have been springing up within the forested confines of the parks. Ask Dean Drugge, who went to water some plants that he and other volunteers planted last winter and found a muddy 10-by-12-foot clearing where someone had chopped down the willow and dogwood trees and uprooted sword ferns and salmonberries to…

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Fire started by travel trailer electrical problem burns houses, outbuildings

An electrical problem with a travel trailer sparked a fire in Sisters, Oregon, on Saturday and the wind-fanned wildfire destroyed two Cloverdale-area homes and six outbuildings and closed U.S. Highway 20 for hours, Fire Chief Thad Olsen said. Crews from numerous agencies remained on site Sunday to help mop up the 74-acre Cloverdale Fire, which broke out around 4 p.m.…

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BearWise program hopes to discourage bear scavenging in Florida

It’s not just irresponsible campers leaving unsecured food in campsites that lures bears resulting in conflicts between bears and humans. Bears quickly learn that trash cans, dumpsters, and bird feeders are sources of food and that these sources are also connected to humans. So if a bear wanders into your campsite, it likely has already learned to follow the smells…

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