Hikers experience odd encounter with cougar

RENO, Nev.

A group of hikers say a mountain lion near Lake Tahoe circled them a couple of times before it finally retreated.

Backcountry ranger Shannon Maguire told the Reno Gazette-Journal that while there is evidence of mountain lions in the Desolation Wilderness, a popular hiking and backpacking area near Lake Tahoe, it’s rare to sight them, much less act the way it did when it encountered the hikers last month.

A report by Maguire said the mountain lion circled around the hikers four times while making sounds at them. Meanwhile, the hikers were clapping hiking poles and blowing whistles, but it took a while for the lion to retreat.

Rangers also are concerned by multiple reports of bears damaging cars at a trailhead near Emerald Bay.

Driver hits 142 mph – right after being cited for speeding


An Iowa woman who was ticketed for speeding in Nebraska perhaps didn’t take the citation seriously – deputies clocked her driving at 142 mph as she accelerated away from the traffic stop.

The Lincoln County sheriff’s office said the 31-year-old woman from Council Bluffs was eventually arrested on suspicion of willful reckless driving after deputies caught up with her for a second time early July 21.

Deputies first stopped the 2018 Ford Mustang about 1 a.m. July 21 on Interstate 80 near North Platte after it was recorded driving 92 mph in a 75 mph zone. The driver was cited and told she could leave.

But she took off at speed and the deputies gave chase, using radar to clock her driving at 142 mph.

Online court records don’t indicate formal charges.

Shortage prompts brewers’ appeal for bottles, crates


Ninety-nine bottles of beer on the wall? Brewers in Germany would kindly ask you to return them when you’re done passing them around.

The German Brewers Association said strong summer sales of beer and nonalcoholic beverages in recent weeks have left some drinks manufacturers high and dry.

Spokesman Marc-Oliver Huhnholz said some brewers have only limited supplies of bottles left: “It would be good if consumers brought their empties back to stores quickly.”

Consumers in Germany pay a small deposit on bottles and crates, which is refunded when they are returned to a store. The bottles are cleaned and reused.

Associated Press

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