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Lions in Our Midst

Heart of a Lion author Will Stolzenburg’s take on the tolerance exercised following P-22’s purported koala depredation at the L.A. Zoo. Lions in Our Midst

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People tend to think that cougars are extremely dangerous, but you are twice as likely to be killed by a predatory male black bear.  An analysis of cougar attacks by Mattson et al. recently posted on this blog – http://cougarrewilding.org/CougarNews/?p=4884 – found 29 cougar attack fatalities between 1900 and 2009 in the US and Canada.  […]

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IIn the most definitive analysis of cougar attacks in the United States and Canada to date, Dave Mattson, Kenneth Logan & Linda Sweanor analyzed 386 human-cougar encounters since 1890, including 29 fatal attacks.  They found that yelling, backing away, throwing objects and making oneself look large decreased the chance of an attack during a close […]

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Idaho cougar kills dog, scratches boy

This is the third attack, resulting in some kind of injury, that we’ve learned about this year.  If the boy hadn’t run, the cougar probably would not have pursued him.   http://www.ajc.com/news/nation-world/idaho-boy-10-escapes-1187588.html ajc – Atlanta Idaho boy, 10, escapes clash with mountain lion By JESSIE L. BONNER The Associated Press BOISE, Idaho — A 10-year-old […]

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Just how likely is it to be attacked, let alone killed, by a cougar if they return to Adirondack Park?  Here is a comparison between established attack rates per one million people in two western areas, one high, one low, with attack and death rates for humans living in Adirondack Park.  The data are from […]

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All three localities mentioned in the article below are on Vancouver Island.  Wikipedia notes, “More than two-thirds of the Canadian fatalities occurred on Vancouver Island in British Columbia.”  Yet cougars in British Columbia are heavily hunted–possibly overhunted.  Obviously, the Vancouver Island system of cougar management isn’t working.  Compare these statistics to those for California, where sport […]

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This is only the second attack (an encounter resulting in physical injury or death) that we have in our file for 2011.  The other was on July 31st in Alberta.  In that instance, a “little girl” suffering only minor injuries.  That cougar was tracked down and killed.   http://www.canada.com/Local+toddler+recovering+after+cougar+attack+Swim+Beach/5338321/story.html canada.com Local toddler recovering after cougar attack at […]

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Few cougar attacks on humans have been reported recently.  We define an attack as an incident in which a wild cougar makes physical contact with a human and some injury–slight, severe or even fatal–occurs.  Predation on livestock and pets are not attacks. This is the first attack we’ve learned of this year.  In two earlier incidents in British […]

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