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Feral hogs tearing up California park, prompting city to hire trapper to deal with ‘invasive’ population

Sections of a park in Northern California are now closed off with warning signs posted after feral hogs invaded the area in recent months, causing tens of thousands of dollars in damage.

The city of Lafayette said Tuesday in a news release the spike in the wild pig population in recent months has prompted the city to close some nature trails and post warning signs in order to protect residents from the “dangerous species” in the Burton Valley and Lafayette Community Park areas, located about 20 miles east of San Francisco.

“We’ve had a couple of encounters where the off-leash dogs have spooked a pig, and they came close to humans aggressively,” Jonathan Katayanagi, the director of Lafayette Parks & Recreation, told KTVU on Wednesday.

FERAL HOGS HEADED FOR US FROM CANADA; WILDLIFE OFFICIALS WARN OF WIDESPREAD DAMAGE

City officials said that as many as 40 feral hogs have been roaming through the park around dusk and dawn since October, destroying large sections of the grounds as they tear through areas looking for grubs, worms, and acorns. A fence has kept the pigs off baseball and soccer fields already under repair, but other sections of parkland have not been as fortunate.

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Around 40 feral hogs have been roaming through parks in Lafayette since October, causing tens-of-thousands of dollars worth of damage. (City of Lafayette)

The damage from the wild pigs is estimated to be around $50,000 and forced the city to hire a licensed trapper to control the invasive population while coordinating efforts with the Lafayette Police Department and California Department of Fish & Wildlife

“The trapper we are working with is hoping to use a corral system so we can control large groups,”  Katayanagi told KTVU. “After that, (California) Fish & Wildlife can dictate what is to be done with the pigs. But we are told relocation is not an option.”

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The pack of feral hogs have been tearing through areas looking for grubs, worms, and acorns. (KTVU)

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Park officials believe the feral hogs first came to the park during the dry season in October in search of water and food, and have stuck around since. Since the pack arrived, officials have implemented proactive public safety measures such as closing some nature trails.

“It is very important that Lafayette Community Park visitors keep children close when using trails, keep dogs on a leash at all times, and always obey all signs posted in the park,” the city said in a news release. “Once the wild pig population is no longer a risk to park visitors, all trails will be reopened.”

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Officials are hopeful they will be able to clear the area of the pigs over the next few weeks.

Many of those who use the park said Wednesday it’s time for the harmful swine to go.

“They really serve no purpose around here other than destroy the parks and recreation facilities,” Moraga resident Mark Orders told KTVU.

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Utah woman claims vet mistakenly euthanized pet dog after calling wrong family

A Utah family is coping with losing their dog after a vet reportedly euthanized him by mistake.

Andrea Martinez took to Facebook to share the devastating story on Monday, writing that the family took their pet dachshund Ziggy to the emergency room after “his breathing got weird.”

WOMAN SAYS DOG DIED AFTER EATING TOXIC MUSHROOM: ‘WE DID EVERYTHING WE COULD’

The emergency vet recommended surgery for Ziggy, which the family agreed to, Martinez said.

While the pup was undergoing the invasive procedure, the vet realized it was going to be “a lot more work and money than they expected” and called to get permission from the family to continue with the surgery or “go ahead and lay him down.”

However, Martinez claims she never received that call.

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Andrea Martinez shared the devastating story on Facebook, writing that the family took their pet dachshund Ziggy to the ER after “his breathing got weird.” (Andrea Martinez)

“But they didn’t call me,” Martinez shared in the post. “[T]hey called another [dog’s] mom thinking it was me, and she said no to go ahead and lay him down.”

Martinez did not find out her dog had been euthanized until someone from the vet’s office called later to tell her Ziggy had been put down. She said that when she “freaked out,” the vet realized “they called the wrong person the first time.”

“Then he got back on [the phone] and he apologized and said, ‘I’m so sorry that this happened, we got confused and ended up calling another dog’s mom,’” Martinez told KUTV. According to the vet, there was another dog named Ziggy, and the vet initially contacted that Ziggy’s family.

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Since finding out the heartbreaking news, Martinez has said she “can’t stop crying” and doesn’t know how to break it to her 6-year-old that “her best friend died.” (Andrea Martinez)

According to Martinez, she said she would have never agreed to let her dog go “without trying more” and blames the vet for “rob[bing] me the choice of saying ‘at least we tried.’”

Since finding out the heartbreaking news, Martinez has said she “can’t stop crying” and doesn’t know how to break it to her 6-year-old that “her best friend died.”

“Ziggy followed me EVERYWHERE and cuddled me every single night. He made my anxiety bearable. I feel so sick that this happened,” she wrote on Facebook.

The name of the vet in Davis County was not shared, but according to KUTV, they apologized for the unfortunate incident and waived the bill, as well as gifted the family an urn, plaque and Christmas ornament with Ziggy’s paw print.

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According to Martinez she said she would have never agreed to let her dog go “without trying more” and blames the vet for “rob[bing] me the choice of saying ‘at least we tried.’” (Andrea Martinez)

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Though with Ziggy’s condition during the surgery, there is no guarantee he would have made it through if they continued trying, per KUTV. However, that does little to help Martinez cope.

“This whole thing seriously makes me so sick to my stomach,” she said.

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Mississippi residents put makeshift Christmas tree into pothole in hopes of getting street fixed

MCCOMB, Miss. — People living in McComb, Mississippi, have added street work to their Christmas lists after they said the city left them with a gaping pothole, and now they’re using holiday cheer to bring some attention to it.

At the corner of North James Avenue and North Street, the pothole has been serving as the base for a makeshift Christmas tree. John Drummond said the tree — made of a metal rod sitting inside of a traffic cone — originally was supposed to be a deterrent for the cone, which had been knocked all over the neighborhood after city workers dug up the street and placed it over the pothole.

“For a couple of days, the cone stayed in the hole. Then, people starting knocking it all up and down everywhere,” Drummond said. “I saw a Christmas tree on TV and said, ‘imma put one of those out there in that cone and everybody can like it and not hit the pothole.’”

From there, the makeshift tree took on a life of its own. Neighbors in the Edgewood community would come and add silver, red and gold pine cone ornaments. Others added silver and gold garland to the metal tree. Cyrena Austin added lights for the ultimate festive feel.

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John Drummond checking on the makeshift Christmas tree he placed over a pothole on the street where he lives in McComb, Mississippi. He and neighbors said they decided to decorate the tree to get the attention of city officials. (Fox News/Charles Watson)

“The lights came on like the second day after John had it up,” Austin said. “All of sudden it’s like people got into it and that’s what we have now.”

Aside from wanting their street repaired, Austin said the tree became a way to ensure the pothole didn’t cause a holiday headache for drivers who could have run right over it. It’s not uncommon, according to AAA, which estimated Americans have shelled out anywhere between $250-$1,000 for damage caused by potholes—about $3 billion annually.

“The worst thing was, if two cars came by, somebody was going to hit the pothole,” Austin added. “We just hated seeing that people were going to damage their cars, possibly.”

Otherwise, the tree has been a sight to see for people driving through McComb. Some passersby stopped to take photos so they could share it with friends and family through texts and social media.

“I just wanted to come out and take a picture to share with my brother in Nashville, Tennessee,” Watkins Wise said. “I think it’s pretty funny.”

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Presents underneath the makeshift Christmas tree in McComb, Mississippi. Residents placed the tree inside the pothole in the hopes of getting it fixed. (Fox News/Charles Watson)

CHRISTMAS TREE USED TO FILL POTHOLE IN ATLANTA NEIGHBORHOOD

Filling potholes with Christmas trees wasn’t unique to McComb. Last month, people in an Atlanta neighborhood filled a pothole on their street with a light-filled Christmas tree in hopes of galvanizing city officials to fix the issue. People in Jackson, Miss., did something similar in 2017 when a pothole opened up on their street.

Fox News reached out to the McComb mayor’s office to inquire about when the pothole would be fixed. The mayor’s office deferred to the city’s streets department, which did not respond.

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Drummond, who has visited the makeshift tree sitting in the pothole, said he hoped it would be on the city’s radar, at least. If not, he and his neighbors have been having fun with the tree anyway. He said maybe they’ll be doing something different for New Year’s.

“We’ll come up with something,” he said. “Maybe the city will come before then and we won’t have to deal with it.”

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California ‘Grinches’ charged with stealing Christmas presents from foster kids

A California police department announced it foiled two “Grinches” who were trying to steal Christmas from a group of foster kids.

Red Bluff police said it all started with a burglary Thursday night at the Children First Foster Family Agency. Staffers with the nonprofit reported the burglary Friday morning.

“A large amount of toys that were being held there for children for Christmas presents were taken,” police said in a news release.

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Marie Bennett, 40 and Joseph Betancourt, 24, were arrested in the thefts. (Red Bluff Police Department)

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After reviewing surveillance video, officers said they determined the suspects were coming and going from the home next door.

“These ‘Grinches’ will not be stealing Christmas from the kids on our watch.”

— Red Bluff Police Department

Officers spotted the suspects who matched video surveillance and arrested Joseph Betancourt, 24, and Marie Bennett, 40, according to the news release.

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Police said they recovered the toys that were being held for foster children as Christmas presents. (Red Bluff Police Department)

“These ‘Grinches’ will not be stealing Christmas from the kids on our watch,” the news release said.

Police recovered the stolen toys and posted a photo of them on Facebook.

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Betancourt and Bennett, both of Woodland, were jailed on charges of burglary, theft and breaking and entering, the Woodland Daily Democrat reported.

Red Bluff is a two-hour drive northwest of Sacramento.

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Marianne Williamson falls for fake news story about Trump pardoning Charles Manson

Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson got slammed on social media after she apparently fell for a fake news story Sunday night that claimed President Trump pardoned Charles Manson, the murderous cult leader who died in 2017.

“There is something deeply sinister about Trump pardoning Charles Manson, even posthumously,” she wrote to her 2.8 million Twitter followers. “Dog whistles of the very worst possible kind…”

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The self-help author, who’s running a longshot candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination, later deleted the tweet and admitted the information was erroneous in a follow-up tweet. “Glad To have been wrong,” Williamson wrote in a tweet that she also subsequently deleted.

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Marianne Williamson appeared to have fallen for a satirical news story Sunday night, tweeting there was “something deeply sinister” about President Trump pardoning murderer Charles Manson.

According to fact-checking website Snopes.com, the story about Trump and Manson is satirical and stems from a phony article published on Nov. 16 by MoronMajority.com. It was then picked up by political website the Daily Kos, which didn’t label the article satire, and it seems Williamson picked up on it over the weekend.

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Manson died in November 2017 at 83 after suffering a heart attack and respiratory failure, triggered by colon cancer that had spread to other areas of his body. He had been serving a life sentence for orchestrating the 1969 killings of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and eight other people.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Arizona man arrested after ‘dumping a woman out of her wheelchair’ on train, police say

A man in Arizona was arrested after attempting to take a woman’s wheelchair while she was riding the city’s light rail last month before heroic passengers on board came to her rescue.

The Phoenix Police Department said the incident happened on Friday, Nov. 29, around 3:40 p.m. at the light rail stop on 12th and Jefferson Streets.

“Despite his reindeer slippers, this criminal was NOT spreading holiday cheer,” police said.

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Officials said as the train pulled into the station, 26-year-old Austin Shurbutt grabbed the woman’s chair as she tried to hold on before being eventually dumped onto the floor.

Surveillance footage from the train showed the moment that Shurbutt forces the woman out of her chair and onto the floor.

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Austin Shurbutt is seen dumping a woman on the floor of a train from her wheelchair on Friday, Nov. 29. (Phoenix Police Department)

“Difficult video to watch as criminal tries to steal a wheelchair right out from under a woman, but hero passengers on the light rail came to her rescue,” police said.

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Other passengers on the light rail came to the woman’s aid as she screamed for help to assist her and stop Shurbutt from stealing the wheelchair, according to police.

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Austin Shurbutt was arrested Saturday after trying to steal a woman’s wheelchair on Nov. 29. (Phoenix Police Department)

After the two good Samaritans stopped Shurbutt from taking the wheelchair, police said he fled the scene.

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On Saturday, officials said the 26-year-old  was arrested after thousands shared his picture on social media. He has two outstanding warrants, and faces five new charges including robbery, kidnapping and assault, according to Phoenix police.

“He was still wearing the reindeer slippers when he was arrested,” the department said.

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New York man eats Art Basel banana that sold for $120G

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Remember the banana duct-taped to a wall and labeled “art” that sold for $120,000? On Saturday, a New York man walked up to the art installation and ate the banana.

The banana art, titled “Comedian,” was the work of Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan. It a part of Emmanuel Perrotin’s outer gallery wall at Art Basel in Miami Beach. The piece sold for $120,000 to a French art collector.

Around 1:45 p.m. in front of a convention center full of art lovers, New York-based performance artist David Datuna ate the banana, gallery representatives told the Miami Herald.

He called it “Hungry Artist.”

A dismayed Peggy Leboeuf, a partner at Perrotin Gallery, frantically told Datuna, “But you’re not supposed to touch the art!”

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The gallery reported the incident to security, but Datuna slipped away.

Lucien Terras, director of museum relations, said the work was still salvageable.

The work came with a Certificate of Authenticity, and a disclaimer that owners may replace the banana as needed.

“He did not destroy the artwork. The banana is the idea,” Terras said. Apparently the collectors are buying the certificate — the banana is not made to last.

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“This has brought a lot of tension and attention to the booth and we’re not into spectacles,” Terras added. “But the response has been great. It brings a smile to a lot of people’s faces.”

Perrotin, the gallery owner, was on his way to the airport when he heard the banana had been eaten. Immediately enraged, he turned around and headed back to the gallery. One of the gallery viewers tried to cheer him up by handing him another banana.

Perrotin and a gallery assistant taped the new banana back to the wall.

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“It’s not about the piece. It’s an art performance. Maurizio Cattelan, I love him. One artist eats another artist. It’s fun,” Datuna told the New York Post about eating the banana.

Cattelan was the artist behind the 18-karat gold toilet named “America” that was widely touted as anti-Trump art. It was on display in a public restroom in the Guggenheim in New York City in 2016.

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Banana duct-taped to wall sells for $120G at Miami art event

This work of art seems to have a lot of a peel.

An odd piece of artwork that consists of a banana duct-taped to a wall has sold for $120,000 at a Miami art fair.

The piece, titled “The Comedian,” was created by Italian artist  Maurizio Cattelan, who is behind an 18-carat gold toilet offered to President Trump earlier this year.

Two of the three editions of the banana artwork sold for $120,000 at the Art Basel Miami festival and a third is expected to fetch $150,000, Miami’s WFOR-TV reported.

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The event is a star-studded affair that occurs every December and includes parties and shows. The price tag of “The Comedian” has spurred criticism of wealth inequality and materialism.

Kristen Orthman, director of Sen. Elizabeth Warren‘s 2020 Democratic presidential campaign, tweeted about the peice: “‘Banana with duct tape’ also know as ‘we need a wealth tax.'”

Several other users voiced support for a wealth tax in light of the sale.

Cattelan said he’d been working on the “The Comedian” for a year and initially wanted to create a bronze banana.

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Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan created the banana duct-taped to a wall art piece that sold for $120,000. (Reuters)

“Wherever I was traveling I had this banana on the wall. I couldn’t figure out how to finish it,” he told Art Net News. “In the end, one day I woke up and I said, ‘The banana is supposed to be a banana.’”

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The artist is also behind the gold toilet offered to the White House on loan by New York City‘s prestigious Guggenheim Museum. The museum rejected a request to display Van Gogh’s 1888 “Landscape With Snow” work in the residence and proposed the toilet instead.

In an August 2017 blog post, Guggenheim curator Nancy Spector said “Trump is synonymous with golden toilets.”

Fox News’ Frank Miles contributed to this report. 

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Unusual fish can create entirely new species when it has sex

An unusual type of fish has the ability to produce entirely new species when it mates.

Cichlids, a colorful fish typically found in the freshwater lakes of Africa, can sometimes have sex with the wrong partner.

According to a new 10-year study on two African freshwater lakes published in Nature Communications, the females accidentally could introduce new genes into their population.

“This could have been because when the lake formed, the water was very cloudy and they couldn’t see colors properly so the females were not being as choosy about selecting a mate in their new environment,” evolutionary biologist Joana Meier, from the University of Cambridge, said in a statement.

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A tank full of African cichlids at the Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks, Oklahoma. (Flickr/OakleyOriginals)

The scientists, led by Meier, said they discovered more than 40 new cichlid species over the course of the study in Lake Mweru, on the longest arm of the Congo River.

“Mating between cichlids from different drainage systems produced very diverse offspring combining the genetic traits of both parental species,” she added.

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Cichlids have been very diverse, including more than 1,300 known species, Newsweek reported.

“We found a dazzling variety of ecologically diverse new species — called radiations — that were previously unknown,” Meier explained.

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Christmas cards banned at England school by principal concerned about their environmental impact

The principal of an elementary school in England has apparently banned students from sending Christmas cards to fellow students — claiming the festive tradition is bad for the globe.

Jonathan Mason, of Belton Lane Primary School in Lincolnshire, claimed in a letter to parents that many students approached him with concerns “about the impact of sending Christmas cards on the environment.”

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The principal of an elementary school in England notified parents in a letter that the school will not allow students to send Christmas cards to one another, citing concerns for the environment. (SWNS)

“Throughout the world, we send enough Christmas cards that if we placed them alongside each other, they’d cover the world’s circumference 500 times,” Mason wrote, according to Sky News. “The manufacture of Christmas cards is contributing to our ever-growing carbon emissions.”

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The head of the school continued, saying that “in order to be environmentally friendly in school we will not be having a post box for Christmas cards from this year onwards.”

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One parent called the move “Grinch-like,” and claimed Christmas cards “are mostly recyclable anyway.” (iStock)

Mason suggested to parents who want to send a card to “send one card to the whole class” instead of individual ones, in an effort to “save money and the environment.”

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Parents criticized the “Grinch-like” decision, including one who told the Daily Mail, “Why should children have the joy of taken out of Christmas? Why can’t all these cards be recycled anyway? And I buy a lot of Christmas cards for charity.”

“It’s great to see them come out of school with their cards and a smile on their faces. It’s a Christmas tradition they have had for a long time and now they are taking it away,” the unidentified parent said. “I know we have to protect the environment, but these are a few Christmas cards once a year and to be told about this on a piece of paper seems contradictory.”

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Another mother said: “Telling people to stop sending cards in a letter sent out to hundreds of kids stinks of rank hypocrisy. … They are mostly recyclable anyway. I agree that environmental issues are important but I don’t see recyclable Christmas cards as a massive contributor to these problems.”

Belton Lane Primary School has 279 students ages 4 to 11, according to Ofsted, a department of the United Kingdom’s government that inspects educational institutions.

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