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Rogue squirrel results in school lockdown, SWAT responds

Rogue squirrel results in school lockdown, SWAT responds

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) – A recent job has likely left a few pest-control workers red-faced as their removal attempts resulted in a school lockdown.

Officials fight spread of Chronic Wasting Disease

Officials fight spread of Chronic Wasting Disease

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Last month, The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission confirmed an elk was the first case of Chronic Wasting Disease in the natural state. Since then, two deer have also tested positive for the deadly disease.

While the disease can’t be contracted to humans, it is still something Arkansans should take seriously.

Prescribed fire planned at Hot Springs National Park

Prescribed fire planned at Hot Springs National Park

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The Hot Springs National Park is planning to conduct prescribed fire operations the week of November 2, weather permitted.

“Weather conditions permitting, prescribed fires will be completed along West Mountain Drive and Sugarloaf Mountain in the Cedar Glades Road area,” said Josie Fernandez, park superintendent.  West Mountain roads will be closed during burn operations and commuters need to plan for alternate routes.

Old-growth forest restoration, exotic species reduction and fuels reduction are the primary reasons for conducting prescribed fires.

“Fire is a natural process, and has been a part of Arkansas landscapes for thousands of years,” said Fernandez.  “Prescribed fire is a way for land managers to restore ecosystems in a carefully planned manner, using very specific weather and personnel guidelines to protect public safety while achieving resource management objectives.”

Group says Arkansas birds threatened by global warming

Group says Arkansas birds threatened by global warming


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 9, 2014) – Global warming threatens the survival of nearly half the birds species in the continental United States and Canada, including many of Arkansas's birds. One iconic Arkansas bird – the mallard – is among those at risk, according to the report. Another duck, the bufflehead also stands to lose much of its habitable territory in Arkansas.

"Based on Audubon's peer-reviewed scientific study, more than 300 birds across North America face serious threat or extinction. Half of those species spend all or part of their lives in Arkansas," said Dr. Dan Scheiman, director of bird conservation at Audubon Arkansas. "Our state plays a pivotal role in preventing a catastrophic decline in bird species across much of the country."

Resident describes big cat in Hot Spring County

Resident describes big cat in Hot Spring County

HOT SPRING COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - Could a big cat be on the prowl in Hot Spring County? Multiple people say they have seen it, but no one is really sure what it could be. One woman said it is way bigger than anything she has ever seen.

The first sighting was on Highway 222 off of Highway 9 south of Malvern. At least four people have seen it. One woman who saw this big cat says it was terrifying.

"I hollered at my husband," said Lisa Orr. "I said get your gun. There is a lion in the yard."

Watch full report: http://on.kthv.com/1pNoOqE

Orr said she has never seen anything like it.

Lake Catherine State Park hosting Bald Eagle Bonanza Weekend

Lake Catherine State Park hosting Bald Eagle Bonanza Weekend

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (LCSP) - If your spine tingles at the sight of an eagle soaring majestically, then you’re aware of the unique combination of beauty and efficient design that sets these birds apart from other winged creatures. While soaring at 500ft, it can spot a fish from a mile away, and then swoop down to it at 100 miles per hour. Don’t think it’s necessary to travel to far-off places to see an eagle in the wild. Arkansas is a favorite wintering ground for bald eagles, and they are seen in nearly every part of the Natural State.

Lake Catherine State Park celebrates their arrival with the Bald Eagle Bonanza Event. This will be your chance to get out and see eagles, various other birds of prey, and migratory birds in the wild as expert Rangers, Naturalists, and Park Interpreters take you within viewing distance. Other common sightings on the tours include ospreys, waterfowl, herons, loons, owls, and other winter wildlife. 

Bass Lupus Awareness Tournament

Bass Lupus Awareness Tournament

Benefit for the Lupus Foundation of America, Arkansas Chapter to be held on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at Lake Ouachita Crystal Springs Boat Ramp in Hot Springs. 

Time is "safe sunlight" to 3 p.m.  $100.00 per boat.  Contact:  Travis Harley at 501-392-2407 or 800-294-8878. 

All net proceeds received will be donated to the Lupus Foundation of America, Arkansas Chapter.