Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The raccoon is hard to love, but easy to respect. The coon commits a variety of social infractions that make it a real pest in agricultural areas — crop damage, stealing chickens and eggs, raiding gardens, and making smelly messes of barns and hay mows. Coons are curious critters, and this curiosity often lands this brazen omnivore — who will eat almost anything — in trouble. As naturalist Marty Stouffer has observed, this “masked bandit knows what he’s after and is bold enough to risk the consequences.”Outdoorsman and trapper Ryan Minyo, of Morrow County, agrees.“They’re curious animals. They aren’t afraid to try something new. Raccoons just go for it. But they’re not doing things to be hateful. A raccoon does what it does to feed itself and its family,” Minyo said. “They do what they have to do to survive; they are just going about their lives like we are.”Minyo, a senior at Highland High School, took up serious trapping as a freshman (after being taught to trap as a youngster by his father, Dale) in order to fulfill the requirements for his state FFA degree.“I need to make $3,000 profit from my SAE project as part of my FFA State Degree. To do this, I sell firewood and the pelts from coon, muskrat, and mink that I trap,” he said, “I wanted to help local farmers and landowners and at the same time make some money on the side. After a few years of trapping, farmers now call me to take care of problem animals.”When trapping for coons, Ryan has learned that “no one place is the same — you need to know all the different techniques and strategies to catch coons in different habitats, environments, and setups. I have also learned about the time and money investments required to be an effective trapper through my project. I have $1,800 dollars in traps and supplies and have had to learn how to best market the furs. There is also a lot of time spent checking trap lines every day and preparing the pelts after the animals are harvested.”When trapping coons, Ryan prefers dog-proof traps.“They allow me to trap near barns and outbuildings without catching unwanted animals. I also use live traps in barns,” Ryan said. “I will use leg hold traps when running creek lines and farm fields. For bait, I use dog food and maple syrup, and when the raccoon rut is on in January, I will also put gland lure about four to five feet in the air above the traps to bring the coons in. At that point in the year, the coon’s main instinct is breeding, and the gland lure attracts the boar coon because it feels that another coon has invaded its territory, which makes him curious and brings him in to the trap to check things out. Coons are everywhere. It’s a species that is easily targeted.”Trapping the raccoon is just the first step.“There’s work that goes into processing hides, but the raccoon’s hide is easy to prepare and it doesn’t take too much time, not like a huge coyote,” he said. “It takes me 5 minutes to skin, 15 minutes to scrape and put on a board, and a week to cure the coon pelt.”Most importantly, Ryan said that regardless of his respect for this animal, his interest in trapping raccoons is based on the need to maintain a balance in agricultural ecosystems.“Whether we think about it or not and regardless if the fur market is up or down, raccoons need to be managed. I’ve seen 40 to 50 acres of corn that have been destroyed mainly by coons,” he said.Ryan has become quite adept at managing raccoon populations in his neck of the woods.“At one spot near my house — a creek running through a cattle pasture on one of my teacher’s properties — I caught a new raccoon in the same trap along the creek every day for two weeks straight,” he said. “I have been running a trap line for four years, since I was a freshman. My first year, a buddy and I caught 30 raccoons. We thought that was amazing, but every year the numbers have steadily gone up. I’ve trapped 120 coons this year, and I pulled my traps at the start of deer gun season the first week of December. I put them back out in the first week or so of January.”While the raccoon has been relegated to nuisance status in many farmers’ minds, it should be noted that the critter possesses qualities of a more regal and revered beast of the forest. Raccoons have been compared to bears in several cultures. The German name for the raccoon, “waschbar,” translates as “little bear” and the Mexican name for the coon, “osito lavador,” means “little bear washer,” a reference to the raccoon’s habit of “washing” its food in water prior to consumption. And indeed, raccoons and bears share many qualities. The coon’s track looks like a miniature version of the bear’s and they have similar diets and habits. Both are known for their inquisitive, scavenging nature. They claw up rotting wood for grubs, are attracted to berry patches, and are driven to put on a layer of fat in late summer/early fall for winter, gaining 25% of their original body weight during this time. Like bears, ring-tails walk flat-footed, with a high-humped back and a shuffling, lazy walk; when on the run, both animals possess a rocking gait.Ryan Minyo and other raccoon trappers are participating in a tradition, pursuit, and livelihood that stretch back centuries on this continent, and raccoons have played an important role in the history and development of the nation. They were a common and important source of food and income for Native Americans and early European settlers and explorers. Raccoon was a staple food item for Christopher Columbus’ sailors. According to zoologist Samuel I. Zeveloff in his book Raccoons: A Natural History, early settlers “presumably roasted raccoon and strips of their meat were smoked like bacon. Their fat was used for many purposes: it could be applied as a salve for bruises and sprains, it was converted into a lubricant and employed as a leather softener, and it was probably used in place of lard.”Examples abound of how early Americans took advantage of the raccoon as a resource. Native American tribes used the animal’s s-shaped penis bone as a pipe-cleaning tool. In the cold winters during the Revolutionary War, American soldiers donned coonskin caps for warmth, and there was such a great European demand for raccoon pelts during the frontier era that coonskins could be substituted for money to pay court fees and to purchase goods at trading posts.Highland senior Ryan Minyo has taken up trapping for his FFA SAE. Here he is holding the first coyote he trapped.Ryan Minyo clearly understands this frontier impulse to use the resources that avail themselves to an outdoorsman, as he noted that through his trapping experiences, he has learned “how nature works, and to take what you can catch, and make the most out of what you can get.”The raccoon’s common name derives from the Algonquin Indian name for the animal, “arakunem,” which roughly means “he who scratches with hands.” Minyo points out that a raccoon’s paws are 30 times more sensitive than human hands. Lake Erie and the Erie tribal group take their names from the Huron tribe’s name for the raccoon, “iri,” or “eri,” meaning “big-tailed.”This moniker for the lake and people has its roots in the frontier fur trade, as Zeveloff explains: “A Northern Huron tribe may have been the first to use the term ‘big-tailed’ for both the pelts and the tribes bearing them, and the other local tribes evidently adopted this label. These southern fur traders hence became known as ‘people of the long-tailed ones’ and the nearby lake was called ‘lake of the long-tailed ones’…This is why the southernmost Great Lake is named Erie, as was the tribe of fur traders from its southern shore.” Although many a curious coon finds itself the victim of a trapper’s tricks each trapping season, there are always more of these resilient animals to fill the void left by their fallen brethren. Say what one will about these sneaky little thieves, they are clever, tough, and intelligent, as testified to by a variety of American naturalists who have observed many admirable qualities in the species.In his book Wild Animal Ways, Ernest Thompson Seton speaks reverently of the creature’s stealthy ghostliness, calling the raccoon “the black-masked wanderer of the night and of the tall timber…the dryad of the hollow trees.”In his field identification guide, The Complete Tracker, Len McDougal points out that raccoons are “exceptionally tough and ferocious fighters when injured or cornered. I’ve seen them whip game dogs twice their size, even luring hounds into deep water where the coon actively tried to drown them.”Calling it a “ring-tailed rascal,” Marty Stouffer also admires the raccoon’s hardiness and “street smarts,” pointing out that one “measure of intelligence is adaptability.” The coon is found in all of the lower 48 United States, southern Canada, and down into Central America, inhabiting every ecosystem from un-peopled woodlands to urban cityscapes.Although the chances for frontier freedom and the lust for raccoon pelts has declined in contemporary times, as the previous quotes show, there is still much to be appreciated and learned from the raccoon’s habits and lifestyle, and much to be gained from a person’s chase of these wily varmints.Ryan Minyo clearly understands this, saying that the most enjoyable aspect of running trap lines for coons is “being able to get away from society, to go into the woods and run traps, where it’s peaceful and quiet, and there are no phones or demands of you, and there is no one to tell you that you have to do this, or do that. You’re out there doing your own thing and seeing how animals interact, how they live, and learning about how people used to live before us.”
At the US Department of Defense, open source and proprietary software are now on equal footing. According to Defense Department guidance issued yesterday (PDF), open-source software (OSS) should be treated just like any other software product. The document also specifies some of the advantages of OSS for the Department of Defense (DoD). These include the ability to quickly alter the code as situations and missions change, the stability of the software because of the broad peer-review, as well as the absence of per-seat licensing costs.The document also stresses that OSS is “particularly suitable for rapid prototyping and experimentation, where the ability to ‘test drive’ the software with minimal costs and administrative delays can be important.”Clarifying OSS MisconceptionsThe DoD already uses some open-source products. This new memorandum is meant to provide guidance on the use of OSS and to clarify some misconceptions. According to the DoD, these misconceptions have hampered “effective DoD use and development of OSS.”One of these misconceptions is that the DoD would have to distribute any changes made to the OSS code. In reality, most open-source licenses permit users to modify code for internal use and these organizations only have to make the changes public if they distribute the code outside of their organizations. It’s good to see the government embrace open-source software – though some members of the open-source movement will feel a bit queasy about the DoD using their software. Just last week, the White House website became a Drupal site and hopefully other branches of government will follow the DoD’s lead and embrace open source as a valid means of acquiring and developing software.DOD Open Source Rules 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#news#web frederic lardinois
Tuesday, August 20, 2013On behalf of Touch Football Australia (TFA) please refer to the below/attached Open Letter to TFA Members by Colm Maguire, CEO TFA, in relation to the recently announced strategic alliance between NRL and TFA.Related News:An Historic Day for Touch FootballTFA – NRL Partnership – CEO Member Letter An Open Letter from TFA CEO; NRL-TFA Strategic Alliance
Huddersfield midfielder Hogg pleased with leadership roleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield Town midfielder Jonathan Hogg is pleased with his leadership role.Hogg has stepped in as skipper when Tommy Smith has been unavailable.He told the Terrier: “Obviously when you first break into a first team and you’re a young lad it takes a bit of time to settle down because you’ve got a lot of players older than you.”The older you get, the more experienced you get – that’s what’s helped me.”The experience of being in the game for a long time compared to some of them that are coming through now allows me to take this role to a new level.”I think you need one of those players. Every team needs someone like that to keep everyone on their toes and make sure they’re doing their jobs right.”Obviously you’ve got your head coach on the sideline, but I think you need someone on the pitch who is vocal, dishes out orders and makes sure people are at it.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Andrei Pyatov warns Man City: Shakhtar Donetsk always play to winby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveShakhtar Donetsk goalkeeper Andrei Pyatov insists they’re capable of beating Champions League opponents Manchester City.Shakhtar host the English champions tonight.Pyatov said, “I am not a soothsayer, but I know that Shakhtar always plays for victory. “Therefore, obviously, we will go for the maximum result. But we understand with whom we will play. “Tomorrow we will see everything: which of the two will do better and who will deserve the victory.”
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Tesla is dropping two of the seven colours it had offered to customers as it tries to streamline production.In a tweet early Tuesday, CEO Elon Musk said obsidian black and metallic silver will still be available, but at a higher cost.Tesla fans can still choose solid black and “midnight silver metallic,” as well as pearl white, deep blue metallic and red.The company, based in Palo Alto, California, has struggled to vault from a niche maker of expensive electric cars into a mass-market automaker. It missed several deadlines to produce 5,000 of its mass-market Model 3 cars per week but reached that milestone earlier this summer. Musk has promised that as it sells more Model 3s the company will turn a sustained net profit starting this quarter.A Tesla spokesman said dropping the paint colours is not an indication of any production problems. “We occasionally adjust pricing and available options to best reflect the value of our products and to streamline our manufacturing operations,” the company said in a statement.Customers should check for current pricing and packaging options on Tesla’s website, the statement said.There is a waiting list of more than 400,000 people who want to buy a Model 3, and some have been waiting since March 2016, when the company first started taking orders.Shares of Tesla closed down just over 2 per cent at $279.44 Tuesday after Nomura analyst Romit Shah downgraded the company from “Buy” to “Neutral” on worries about Musk’s erratic behaviour. The stock price has dropped 10 per cent since the first of the year. On Monday it rose 8.5 per cent on positive analyst commentary.Shah wrote in a note to investors Tuesday that Musk’s behaviour “seemingly flipped” in the second quarter with Twitter posts rising to 15 per day since May from four per day the previous 18 months. Musk has taunted short-sellers who bet against the stock, accused a British diver involved in a cave rescue of Thai soccer players of being a pedophile, cut off Wall Street analysts on a conference call, and smoked what appeared to be marijuana on a video podcast.The behaviour is likely to have contributed to recent executive departures including Chief Accounting Officer David Morton, who left last week after only one month on the job, Shah wrote.Tesla has potential to grow revenue and post substantial profits because it is vertically integrated, making its own batteries and many of its parts, Shah wrote. “Notwithstanding improving fundamentals, we believe Tesla is in need of better leadership and are moving to the sidelines until we see what happens with management,” Shah wrote.Tesla did not immediately comment Tuesday on the Nomura note.
VANCOUVER – Eldorado Gold Corp. is seeking $1.1 billion from the Greek government for damages it says it suffered due to permit delays related to its Skouries project.The company says the application is a non-judicial request for payment and does not initiate legal proceedings.Eldorado chief executive George Burns called it a “good-faith attempt” to resolve the matter with the Greek government.The company suspended work at the Skouries project last year amid an ongoing dispute with the Greek government.The Vancouver-based company said at the time that Greece’s Ministry of Energy and Environment had not issued the required permits for the project.The company has said it would re-assess its investment in the Skouries project once it receives the required permits.Companies in this story: (TSX:ELD)
Ingredients For Mutton Taka Tak Mutton (boneless) 150 gm Yellow Pepper 30 gm Red Pepper30 gm Green Capsicum 30 gm Garlic 6 gm Ginger 5 gm Green Chilli 8 gm Meat Masala 10 gm Degi Mirch10 gm Coriander Powder8 gm Garam Masala 8 gm Chat Masala 7 gm Lemon Juice 10 ml Salt 7 gm Coriander Leaves 5 gm Onion 25 gm Tomato Puree 50 gm Peri Peri Powder 3 gm For Bao Lotus Flour 13 gm Fresh Yeast 3 gm Vinegar 10 ml Baking Powder 2 gm Also Read – PUMPKIN MASH, TAMATAR RASSASugar 15 gm Milk 40 ml Preparation For Mutton Taka Tak Heat oil in a pan and saute ginger and garlic till golden brown. Add onion and green chilli to it and again saute it. Once onions become translucent, add bell pepper to it. Now, add mutton and saute it nicely. Sprinkle all spices over it and mix it nicely. Add cooked tomato puree to it and let it cook for a while. Top it with chat masala, lemon juice and coriander leaf. For Bao Sieve the flour, mix all then ingredients and make a soft dough. Keep it aside for 1 hour at room temperature. Then make round shape (35 gm each) and steam it. Garnish it with peri peri powder. (Courtesy: Chef Ramesh Rana, Decode Air Bar)
Seoul: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is willing meet with US President Donald Trump a third time if Washington comes to the table with the “right attitude”, state media reported Saturday. Kim also said he would wait until the end of the year “for the US to make a courageous decision” on another meeting, after his most recent summit with Trump in Vietnam broke down and both sides left without agreement. Washington has blamed the February deadlock on the North’s demands for sanctions relief in return for limited nuclear disarmament, but Pyongyang said it had wanted only some of the measures eased. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USIn a speech to Pyongyang’s rubber-stamp parliament Friday, Kim said the Hanoi meeting had made him question whether Washington is “genuinely interested” in improving its relations with Pyongyang. “We are willing to give another try if the US offers to have a third summit with the right attitude and mutually acceptable terms,” he said, according to a report by North Korean state media outlet KCNA. Kim added that his personal relationship with Trump remained strong, adding they could “write letters to each other” whenever they wanted. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”We will wait with patience until the end of the year for the US to make a courageous decision,” Kim said. Pyongyang has been careful not to criticise Trump personally while attacking sanctions on North Korea as an attempt to “destroy modern civilisation and turn the society back in a medieval dark age”. Trump and Kim held their first landmark summit in Singapore last June, where the pair signed a vaguely-worded agreement on the “denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula”. But the failure to reach agreement at their second summit in Hanoi has raised questions over the future of the accord. Trump said Thursday he was mulling a third summit with Kim ahead of a meeting with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in at the Oval Office — a move supported by Seoul. Moon brokered the US-North Korea talks and has been pushing for the resumption of inter-Korean economic projects, but doing so would fall foul of international sanctions imposed on Pyongyang. “Our government will do what we can in order to maintain the current momentum for dialogue,” Moon’s office said in a Saturday statement. The day before Kim accused Seoul of acting as an “overstepping mediator” and said the South should “speak up” for Pyongyang’s interests. On Friday, KCNA reported Kim was re-elected as chairman of the State Affairs Commission, the North’s most important decision-making body, to cheers and loud applause from the delegates.