Fact Or Fiction: Big Cypress Drilling, Iranian Spies, Deer in the Lion's Den

This week's weird outdoor news—plus one faker.

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The world of incredible outdoor news waits for no one. But not all of these are real—can you divine the false bit of news? Read on to find out—and remember, no using Google to cheat!

Iran accuses border-crossing hikers of spying. We’ve already mentioned the plight of hikers Josh Fattal, Shane Bauer, and Sarah Shourd, who were detained by Iranian authorities after crossing from Kurdistan in Iraq into Iran while looking for the famed Ahmed Awa waterfall. Now, Iran has accused them of being international spies. Despite their claims of innocence, authorities seized extensive recording equipment and advanced communications devices, complicating matters for international negotiators working on a nuclear deal with Iran.

Florida plans to drill for oil under Big Cypress. Miami-Dade County is making plans to drill for oil underneath a 23,000-acre parcel of land they own in Big Cypress National Preserve. The reason? They hope to accrue additional plans to finance the already sprawling Miami airport.

Deer jumps into lion enclosure at Washington’s National Zoo.
An unfortunate doe leaped from surrounding Rock Creek Park into the moat in the lion enclosure at Washington’s National Zoo. Female lions stalked the young deer, batting and clawing at it as if they planned to hunt it down while hundreds of zoo visitors watched. Zookeepers eventually rescued the deer, but it had to be euthanized because of its extensive injuries.

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Could you call out the counterfeit story? How did you know? Which one fooled you? Tell us in the comments section below.

—Ted Alvarez