World-famous Victoria Falls dries to a trickle One of Zimbabwe’s most iconic natural features, 355-foot Victoria Falls, has slowed to a trickle following the country’s worst drought in a century. While the waterfall does typically slow in the dry season, The Guardian has described this year’s lack of water as “unprecedented.”  Water flow in the…

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A British hiker survives 6-hour cardiac arrest In what doctors are describing as an ‘exceptional’ case, a British woman hiking in Spain’s Pyrenees mountains survived a six-hour cardiac arrest caused by severe hypothermia. Audrey Mash, 34, was hiking with her husband in the Catalan Pyrenees when the weather turned. As temperatures dropped, Mash began having…

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N.C. Governor urges action to protect red wolves On November 22, N.C. Governor Roy Cooper sent a letter to David Bernhardt, Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, urging the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to act immediately to rebuild and sustain a wild wolf population. The letter comes amidst declining rates…

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Photo by: Tim Reaves Cold Mountain fire is now considered controlled After a rainy weekend in the mountains of Western North Carolina, the Cold Mountain fire, which began burning on November 21 in the Shining Rock Wilderness area, is under control. All of the trails in Shining Rock Wilderness area, including the trail that leads to…

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Human skull found near popular hiking area in Arkansas A human skull has been found on U.S. Forest Service land near a popular hiking trail in Arkansas. A local resident found the skull in the Sam’s Throne area near Mount Judea in Newton County, Arkansas. The location is near where Pamela Samuels-Lauro’s vehicle was found…

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2020 Pennsylvania fishing licenses are now on sale Have you already set your sights on the 2020 fishing season (or are you looking for a holiday gift for the angler in your life)? Pennsylvania fishing licenses for 2020 went on sale on December 1. All 2020 fishing licenses purchased in December are valid for 13…

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Hiker whose rescue gurney spun out of control sues for $2 million A hiker who was airlifted to safety is suing the City of Phoenix for $2 million after the gurney carrying her spun out of control. Katalin Metro, 74, tripped while hiking back in June. The fall caused her to become disoriented and emergency…

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Tennessee State Parks offer free hiking on Black Friday The Friday after Thanksgiving is generally known as a day to shop. But in an effort to encourage residents to #optoutside, Tennessee state parks are offering free guided hikes on Black Friday. Angelo Giansante, Park Manager at Hiwassee/Ocoee State Park, told WRCBtv that the hikes cover,…

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Death of woman found on PA hiking trail in 2016 ruled a homicide The Cambria County, PA coroner’s office has ruled the death of a 26-year-old woman found on the Honan Avenue hiking trail in Johnstown, PA to be a homicide. Hikers found the body of Kaylene Roedel of Blairsville on August 7, 2016. The…

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Trump sends park rangers to patrol U.S. border The Trump administration has ordered park rangers from national parks around the country, including Great Smoky Mountains National Park, to temporarily relocate to Arizona and Texas to patrol the U.S. border. The move comes as the House of Representatives declined to fund President Trump’s $5 billion border…

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Photo of Jake Burton Carpenter tweeted by Burton Snowboards Jake Burton Carpenter, the father of snowboarding, dies at age 65 Jake Burton Carpenter, the founder of Burton Snowboards has died, officials from this company announced on Thursday. Carpenter fought testicular cancer in 2011 and told employees just this month that the cancer had returned. Carpenter…

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Photo by: Tim Reaves Wildfire on Cold Mountain shuts down Shining Rock Wilderness trail system UPDATE FROM THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE – Pisgah Forest, NC – November 24, 2019 Despite two inches of rainfall throughout the area on Saturday, the Cold Mountain fire continues to burn.  Firefighters will remain on site to monitor conditions and take necessary…

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Yellowstone National Park considers adding Wi-Fi throughout the park AccessParks, a company that supplies broadband Internet to remote places, wants to bring Wi-Fi to Yellowstone National Park. The company has teamed up with Xanterra Parks & Resorts, which runs the park’s concessions, in hopes of installing high-speed Internet in buildings and at popular attractions throughout…

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Three cows that went missing during Hurricane Dorian are found on an island miles away from shore  When Hurricane Dorian slammed into the North Carolina coast in September it had a devastating effect on the wild cattle that call the area home. On Cedar Island, which was hit with Category 1 force winds and rain,…

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Colorado man attacked by deer that may have been hand-raised by people Deer are generally docile, skittish creatures, but a man in Colorado has learned that’s not always the case. A Douglas County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a 911 call by a couple that reported seeing a “friendly deer” wearing a fluorescent orange collar…

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