July 11, 2020

“I Didn’t Think a Bear Would Really Attack Anybody”

And herein lies one of my biggest complaints about wildlife managers, animal rights ignoramuses and media. A Florida woman, upon spotting several bears in her yard went looking for her two kids who had just left the house on bicycles. One bear attacked the woman.

There’s a video below about the latest efforts to find and kill the bears. Here’s a link to a comment in a separate article from a neighbor about the bear attack.

“I am really surprised. I didn’t think a bear would really attack anybody,” said neighbor Argun Valay.

One has to ask why this person would say, “I didn’t think a bear would really attack anybody.” Perhaps it is because the repeated crap sandwich that has been fed to people all over the need people seem to have had driven into their brains that bears are harmless. My God! All animals have the potential to inflict harm onto humans. These people don’t trust the most intelligent of the animal species, man, but they seem to want to trust a bear to a point a person states they didn’t think a bear would really attack someone.

Maybe it’s time to change up the stupid talking points and teach people the truth about bears, predators and all wild and even domestic animals.

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16,180 Human-Bear Conflicts in One Year

“The Conservation Officer Service is British Columbia’s primary responder to human-wildlife conflicts where there is a risk to public safety, conservation concerns, or where significant property damage has occurred.

In 2013-14, the Conservation Officer Service received 28,063 calls regarding human-wildlife conflicts. Of those calls, 16,180 involved human-bear conflicts. During this same period, the total number of black bear and grizzly bear calls were down slightly from the previous year.

Over the past five years in B.C., an average of 658 black bears have been destroyed each year, while 91 have been relocated due to conflicts with people.”<<<Read More>>>

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Idaho Closes Hiking Trail Because of Coyote Attacks

The article linked to below is classic media protection for predators making all the right excuses why a coyote is not to blame for attacking a dog being walked by a human.

1. “approached a woman walking a small dog”
2. “attack is unusual”
3. “coyotes rarely approach a dog”
4. “coyotes have pups in the area”

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Bear Problems in Tennessee Town

“We been here 43 years, and we’ve never seen a bear,” Delores Hammitt said. “We have raccoons and groundhogs — but never a bear. We’ve been told, ‘If he gets aggressive, shoot it.’ We just want the neighbors to know they should be aware its out there. The more it hangs around here, the less afraid he’s going to be.”<<<Read More>>>

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“Bear”ing the Brunt of Emerging Bears in New York

“White was greeted Monday morning with the chaos of a black bear having torn into a 175-pound bucket of cracked corn and chicken feed and ripped into bags as well.”<<<Read More>>>

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New Yorks Bear Population “Out of Control”

Rational thought: Since New York and other states banned bear trapping, bear hounding and hunting bears using bait, bear populations have grown significantly and in this article that growth is described as “out of control.” Perhaps it is time to bring back those hunting methods in order to maintain a reasonable and healthy population of bears and provide better public safety.

Irrational thought: Hunting bears causes the population to grow bigger and it’s inhumane for humans to kill bears. This problem in New York can be best handled by banning bee hives.

From the Daily Mail:

“The black bear population in the southern wildlife district (Catskill Region) is considered by DEC and beekeepers to be “out of control.” During the past three decades it has tripled and is estimated now to be at about 1,500 (in the Catskills). Biologists encouraged hunting of bears, but the hunt has not harvested enough numbers to keep up with the increase in bear population in either in N.Y. or N.J. 85 percent of the members of the Catskill Mtn. Bee Club have suffered damage to their hives by bears. New beekeepers who are just starting to keep a few hives usually do not expect to suffer bear damage as they “have never seen a bear on their property.” Those who ignore the advice to set up an electric fence are likely to be visited by bears just as soon as they have a hive full of delicious smelling brood and honey.”<<<Read More>>>

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Wolf Attacks People in India – Three Seriously

“VADODARA: A wolf believed to be suffering from rabies injured six people in a village of Shahera taluka in Panchmahal district. The canine had strayed into the village and later died due to the disease.

The wolf was spotted at Narsana village early on Saturday morning at around 7am by villagers. Forest officials said the animal looked visibly irritated and started attacking persons at the village.

Six people, who were in the farms or walking on pathways, were targeted by the wolf. Three of the victims — Moti Parmar, Balu Raval and Ganga Vankar — were injured seriously in the incident and had to be rushed to Godhra Civil Hospital for treatment. Three others were treated at Shahera community health centre.”<<<Read More>>>

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To Avoid Bear Attacks, Stay Out of Trees and Yell

You can’t make this stuff up!

“People who come across black bears should keep in mind that they aren’t aggressive, and will run if they hear a yell, according to Jeff Collins, director of ecological management at the Massachusetts Audubon Society. And while it is always good to keep in mind the old adage “never come between a mother and her cubs,” black bears hide their young in trees, a fact that should diffuse almost all potential confrontations.”<<<Read More>>>

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Ailing Alaska Wolf Kills and Eats Pet Dog While Owner Watches

According to an article in the Alaska Daily News that was sent to me, a woman, who lives in Alaska, was walking her 4 dogs (two hers and two her sister’s), evidently a regular routine, when she and her dogs were confronted by a wolf that the dog owner described as: “…weak and wobbly and was panting a lot.”

After a few struggles, one of the dogs gets killed by the ailing wolf, that evidently just remained in place and ate the dog.

The wolf got him by the throat and killed him in an instant. It was done in a second. Without ever looking at us, she began eating his body, with us standing right there,” Bochart said.

The article presents the story as though the dog owner, Hannah Bochart, 24, mostly apologizes for the wolf, saying it meant her no harm. She also made statements of never needing any kind of protection when walking dogs in the wilds of Alaska.

“I don’t want it to make me fearful. Ninety-nine percent of the time you can move through the wilderness and be safe if you’re respectful of large animals. It’s a one-in-a-million occurrence when you meet an animal that’s desperate and willing to take a chance.”

“I really wouldn’t want this to end with the wolf getting shot. I’d rather she just leave and live a full life somewhere else,” Bochart said.

There are untold numbers of records available that might refute some of Bochart’s claims that 99% of the time large predators won’t bother you “if you’re respectful” of them. One of the problems that exist in dealing with people that seem to have some corrupted and ill-perceived ideas of wild animal behavior, is that upon mention of historic records that show that people like Bochart might be pushing the envelope a bit, they deny the records exist, claim them to be nothing but folk lore or simply deny the accuracy of the report.

After receiving the Alaska Daily News article, I also received a copy of a study done by Mark E. McNay, in 2002 for the State of Alaska. I had a copy of this report which I have read a few times and referred to often, but I will make it available for readers. The report is titled, “A Case History of Wolf-Human Encounters in Alaska and Canada.”

It might be of interest for Bochart and others like her to take a reading of McNay’s report and then decide whether you want to venture into the Alaska and Canada forests and wilderness without any kind of protection other than a ski pole.

Of course a person has a right to go into the woods with no protection but I encourage people to have a full understanding of the risks involved before rendering such a decision.

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Italian Tour Company Concerned About Dangerous Wolves

“The latest proof that the animals are getting dangerously close to humans came when a driver ran over a wolf near the northern city of Turin, Torino Today reports. In October, residents of a town in Italy’s coastal region of Liguria said they saw a wolf roaming the streets in broad daylight, showing no signs that it was afraid of humans.”<<<Read More>>>

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