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  1. The Other David

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    When squirrels go bad...

    Last Updated: Thursday, 1 December 2005, 18:14 GMT

    Russian squirrel pack 'kills dog'

    Local people suggest hunger is driving squirrels to extremes
    Squirrels have bitten to death a stray dog which was barking at them in a Russian park, local media report.
    Passers-by were reportedly too late to stop the attack by the black squirrels in a village in the far east, which reportedly lasted about a minute.

    They are said to have scampered off at the sight of humans, some carrying pieces of flesh.

    A pine cone shortage may have led the squirrels to seek other food sources, although scientists are sceptical.

    The attack was reported in parkland in the centre of Lazo, a village in the Maritime Territory, and was witnessed by three local people.

    A "big" stray dog was nosing about the trees and barking at squirrels hiding in branches overhead when a number of them suddenly descended and attacked, reports say.

    "They literally gutted the dog," local journalist Anastasia Trubitsina told Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper.

    "When they saw the men, they scattered in different directions, taking pieces of their kill away with them."

    Mikhail Tiyunov, a scientist in the region, said it was the first he had ever heard of such an attack.

    While squirrels without sources of protein might attack birds' nests, he said, the idea of them chewing at a dog to death was "absurd".

    "If it really happened, things must be pretty bad in our forests," he added.

    Komosmolskaya Pravda notes that in a previous incident this autumn chipmunks terrorised cats in a part of the territory.

    A Lazo man who called himself only Mikhalich said there had been "no pine cones at all" in the local forests this year.

    "The little beasts are agitated because they have nothing to eat," he said.
     
  2. The Other David

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    Deer attacks: Nature, civilization lock horns By Martin Kasindorf, USA TODAY
    Fri Dec 2, 7:16 AM ET

    Deer are charging at people, causing injury and even death from thrusting antlers and pummeling hooves.

    As a nature story, the one that game wardens are telling about attack deer this fall sounds as hard to believe as the tale of the "killer rabbit" that menaced President Jimmy Carter on a fishing trip in 1979. But wildlife officials warn that getting close to deer is not a game. In a rash of incidents since September, aggressive deer have caused one death and several serious injuries.

    "People think of deer as Bambi, cute and cuddly, but they can be extremely dangerous in certain circumstances," says Steve Martarano, spokesman for the California Department of Fish and Game. Some instances of what happens when deer and people get too close:

    • Ron Dudek, 73, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., died Oct. 17 of complications from antler wounds inflicted to his face by a male deer that Dudek encountered when he went to pick tomatoes in his backyard garden. It was the nation's second deer-assault death in two years: Donald Sellers, 79, was fatally gored and mauled by his pet buck in Gilbertown, Ala., in 2003.

    • Karen Morris, 56, of Clearlake, Calif., was hospitalized for 12 days with head injuries in an attack by a young buck Nov. 17 outside her home. The horns bruised Clifford Morris, 68, when he came to his wife's aid.

    • In Covelo, Calif., on Sept. 29, Arnold and Jeannine Bloom returned to their pickup after watering a friend's vegetable garden. A small buck ran up to the truck and knocked the man on his back, California Department of Fish and Game warden Rusty Boccaleoni says. When Jeannine Bloom swung at the animal with a piece of firewood, it turned upon her and ripped a hole in her arm. The next day, Boccaleoni shot and killed the animal.

    • Game wardens shot five bucks on the streets of Helena, Mont., after the deer threatened staffers at a day care center and a teenager delivering newspapers.

    Kurt VerCauteren, a biologist at the National Wildlife Research Center in Fort Collins, Colo., blames most of the trouble on the edginess of male deer during the fall mating season. And as suburban homes encroach on deer habitat, deer that are fed by admiring humans - or that browse on lawns and garden vegetables - lose their natural fear of people, VerCauteren says.

    In mating season, bucks sometimes wander into big-city downtowns and get into trouble. Arriving for work at the Minnesota state Capitol on Nov. 3, Gov. Tim Pawlenty heard ****tering glass and was nearly bowled over in the parking lot by a buck bounding away from two windows it had broken. The California Department of Fish and Game in October issued a reminder not to feed deer - it is a misdemeanor here - and to "deer-proof" property. Aside from maintaining fences, homeowners can spray plants with deer repellent, VerCauteren says.

    The mating season for much of the country ended in November but extends to January in Florida. Problems could crop up again in spring, when does are protecting fawns, says Craig Stowers, coordinator of the California state deer program.

    Rambunctious deer don't always observe the biological clock. In August 2004, out of the mating season, a buck pummeled Gene Novikoff, 80, near Cameron, Mont. Novikoff suffered a broken rib. "He looked like he was in a bar fight," says warden Marc Glines of the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Glines, who killed the deer, says it was "in need of psychoanalysis."

    The family of California deer victims Karen and Clifford Morris is reacting good-naturedly to ribbing from incredulous neighbors. "It puts a whole new spin on (the country song) Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer," says Tammy Black, the couple's daughter.
     
  3. The Other David

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    EDITORIAL
    Bad Bambi

    GO TO THE INTERNET SEARCH ENGINE of your choice. Type in "aggressive deer," oxymoronic though it sounds. Prepare to be amazed.

    .Those soft-eyed creatures, who seemingly could do no greater harm than eating tulips, who look so sweet and startled as they graze by the roadside in family groups, are a scary bunch of mammals. This fall, five Californians were gored at their homes by deer. One, an elderly man in a suburb of San Diego, died. Helena, Mont., has roving urban gangs of hundreds of troublemaking deer. Four were shot after they wouldn't let a newspaper carrier walk his route. Wildlife officials say complaints are increasing.

    So go ahead and celebrate the season of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Just celebrate carefully. Be cautious around strange deer; remember that Donner and Blitzen are running around under assumed names (the poem originally had them as Dunder and Blixem).

    In all fairness to Santa's team, the attackers were mule deer — the kind most commonly found in local parks and forests — not reindeer. Any male mule deer in autumn rutting season, or a female protecting a fawn, can spell trouble.

    Like coyotes and mountain lions, deer have been getting too comfortable around people as developments push into their former grazing lands. They aren't carnivorous and appear harmless and picturesque, so suburbanites take few efforts to shoo them away or control their population. People make matters worse by leaving out food and water for them. Despite conventional wisdom, vegans can be vicious.

    So how do you say no to a deer and make it listen? The common advice used to be, "Get a dog." Then a rogue deer attacked dogs in the Bay Area a couple of months ago. One sure-fire home remedy: strategically placed lion droppings. 'Tis the season to befriend your local zookeeper.
     
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    Humans display their stupid side to wildlife By Ed Stoddard
    Thu Jan 5, 8:14 AM ET

    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A South African mugger fleeing the scene of his crime hides in a tiger enclosure.

    On the country's coast, a woman attempts to be a good Samaritan by pushing a young seal into the sea, believing the poor thing is stranded.

    Both people paid heavily for their stupidity, underscoring one of nature's truisms: Humans do dumb things around wild animals.

    "I blame it on Walt Disney, where animals are given human qualities. People don't understand that a wild animal is not something that is nice to pat. It can seriously harm you," said James Cameron, a South African professional hunter.

    The cartoon image of wildlife may have prompted a 49-year-old South African woman in October to try to help a seal which she believed was stranded, allowing her 1-year-old grandchild to stroke the creature in the process.

    The seal responded by biting off the woman's nose.

    Cape Fur Seals are common on South African shores and many have become accustomed to humans.

    They are a popular tourist attraction and can be viewed playing in the sea by Cape Town's waterfront -- which may also give a false impression of placid friendliness.

    "Cute" seal pups have also been used as potent symbols by groups such as the International Fund for Animal Welfare, further enhancing the animal's "cuddly status."

    But they can in fact be dangerous and sometimes attack people who venture too close -- as South Africa's noseless do-gooder discovered to her horror.

    TIGER TROUBLE

    Then there was the South African robber who made the mistake last month of taking refuge in an enclosure which turned out to be home to a pair of unimpressed tigers.

    He had fled into a nearby zoo after security guards heard the screams of a couple he had just mugged in Bloemfontein, about 250 miles southwest of Johannesburg.

    Unsurprisingly, he was mauled to death by the big cats.

    The mugger was not the first South African criminal to err in hiding among zoo animals.

    Max, a 440-pound gorilla, won fame in 1997 after being wounded by a terrified gunman who jumped a moat into his space in Johannesburg's zoo while fleeing police.

    Max pinned the fugitive against the wall of his enclosure and guarded him even after being shot until police arrived, making him an instant folk hero in crime-ridden South Africa.

    Other people don't realize that you shouldn't get between a mother and her offspring -- especially when dealing with the world's largest land mammal.

    In April of this year, an elephant gored a tourist to death in a Ugandan national park after the man, carrying an 8-year-old boy in his arms, approached the animal's calf.

    "I think many people are just far removed from nature. People who live in cities often see nature as something that is tame and manageable," said Sue Lieberman, director of the global species program for conservation group WWF International.

    "And wrongly so. We don't need to tame nature, we need to keep the wild out there," she told Reuters.

    SHOW-OFFS

    Then there are the show-offs.

    Lions mauled a South African teen-ager in March who came too close to their enclosure while trying to impress his girlfriend.

    The 16-year-old, his girlfriend and his mother were having lunch with the lion keeper when he ignored advice and went off with his girlfriend to see the lions in the breeding section of the park just north of Johannesburg.

    The boy went into an area off-limits to the public and touched a lion through the mesh fence.

    The lion quickly sank its teeth into his arm and dragged him under the fence before the curator came, drove the four adult lions in the enclosure away and rescued the teen-ager.

    "It just shows a total disregard and disrespect for wild animals," said Cameron.

    The boy was luckier than a couple from Taiwan in 1993, who got out of their car to photograph lions up close at a South African game park -- and who were quickly savaged to death by the beasts.
     
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    O.C. Man Shoots Cougar in Yard; Officials Hunt, Kill It
    The mountain lion is finished off about half a mile from a Rancho Santa Margarita school.

    By Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer


    A Rancho Santa Margarita homeowner shot a mountain lion that had wandered into his backyard from nearby Cleveland National Forest on Tuesday, five miles from where a cougar killed a mountain biker two years ago. About 90 minutes later, authorities killed the 90-pound male cougar in a nearby ravine.

    Bill Hill, a former Stanton police officer, said his wife spotted the cougar about 7 a.m. "I was taking out the trash when my wife let out a bloodcurdling scream from the house," said Hill, 52.

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    Hill said he retrieved a 9-millimeter pistol from his car and entered his backyard through a side gate. He saw the cougar hunch down on a slope 30 feet away, with a 5-foot-high iron fence and a swimming pool between them. He feared the animal was going to attack, and he fired two shots.

    "I thought I could be in trouble with the lion that close to me, especially when he went from standing up to hunching down," he said.

    Hill said he also was worried about the cougar roaming through the neighborhood and past a school bus stop.

    The wounded animal escaped through a hole in Hill's wooden fence and ran across Robinson Ranch Road, leaving a bloody trail. Hill said he tried to follow the cougar in his car while shouting warnings to neighbors.

    Orange County Sheriff's Department officials, who had been called by Hill's wife, said their helicopter found the cougar within minutes near a storm drain in the ravine, barely moving. Six deputies and two game wardens from the state Department of Fish and Game surrounded the area, about a quarter-mile from Hill's Cimmaron Lane house.

    The Sheriff's Department alerted Robinson Elementary administrators at 7:45 a.m. to keep students inside. As students arrived, staff escorted them to their classrooms. The mountain lion was killed about half a mile from the school.

    "We tried to exude a calmness about us," said Don Snyder, the principal. "We were told the incident took place some distance away, so there wasn't really a lot of panic."

    Jim Amormino, a Sheriff's Department spokesman, said deputies and the game wardens killed the cougar about 8:30 a.m.

    "Nobody likes killing a mountain lion because they are a protected species," he said. "But the wounded lion was in close proximity to a school, and the ravine was surrounded by three communities. Shooting the animal is a last resort, but the main concern is the safety of the community."

    Fish and Game officials said they didn't intend to confront the mountain lion in the canyon. But with the helicopter running out of fuel, they were worried about losing track of the animal.

    "The mountain lion was fairly stationary," said Dan Sforza, a Fish and Game official. "If I had my druthers, I would have let the lion bleed out rather than going in there."

    Fish and Game and the Sheriff's Department officials will investigate the shooting. Hill, who left the Stanton force in 1988, said he had been working as a private investigator and said he had a permit for his gun.

    "We don't want people to be out there taking matters into their own hands," Sforza said. "If you feel threatened, I would prefer for you to go in the house and call 911."

    He said that judging from the length of the mountain lion's teeth, the animal was 2 to 3 years old and not fully grown. A mature cougar weighs 110 to 150 pounds, he said.

    Debbie Vielma, who lives two doors from Hill, said she was getting her sixth-grade son ready for school when she heard two gunshots.

    "It's scary to know that a lion was in the neighborhood, especially as kids were starting to go to school," she said. "I'm just glad it ended the way it did."

    In January 2004, Mark Reynolds, 35, of Foothill Ranch was mauled by a mountain lion while he crouched to fix his bicycle in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park. Hours later, the cougar attacked Anne Hjelle, who was biking on the same trail at dusk. She suffered deep lacerations on the face and neck but survived.

    Reynolds' death was the first by a mountain lion in Orange County history and the first in California since 1994. Wildlife experts say there are 4,000 to 6,000 cougars in the state. Before the maulings of Reynolds and Hjelle, there had been 10 recorded attacks on humans in the state since 1890, resulting in five deaths.

    Sforza said he wasn't surprised to hear that a mountain lion was in the Robinson Ranch neighborhood of Rancho Santa Margarita, which until recent years was open space. "This is pretty much their territory," he said. "Any place there's open space and deer, there's going to be mountain lions."
     
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    7-Foot, 450-Pound Bear Bends Homeowner's Metal Fence

    POSTED: 12:43 pm EST March 29, 2006
    UPDATED: 4:55 pm EST March 29, 2006

    Residents in Seminole County are checking out the damage a wild animal left behind and wildlife officials said this was not the first time they've dealt with this bear. This time, the bear damaged fences at two different houses on Hawthorne Lane.

    It appears the 7-foot, 450-pound bear tried to poke his big head through a fence and pulled apart two of the black aluminum bars. Another neighbor, Don Kennedy, had a couple of boards broken on his stockade fence.

    The bear wears a radio collar with a transmitter after being captured five months ago near Apopka.

    "He seems to be handling roads and people real well," said Tom Shupe, Florida Fish & Wildlife.

    The bear was relocated to the Ocala National Forest, but has now traveled 50 miles to end up in Don Kennedy's backyard.

    "It's a little unnerving, yeah. You wonder what's crawling around out here at night," he said.

    Shupe thinks the bear is making his way back to the Ocala National Forest and they're going to let him go. as long as he keeps moving, they do not believe he is a threat to people.
     
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    Hunt Is on for Killer Bear in Tenn. By BILL POOVEY, Associated Press Writer
    14 April 2006


    BENTON, Tenn. - Authorities hunted Friday for a black bear that picked up a 2-year-old boy in its mouth and mauled his mother, critically injuring them before killing the child's older sister.

    The attack came Thursday afternoon in the Cherokee National Forest in southeastern Tennessee.

    The family was at a pool below Benton Falls on Chilhowee Mountain when the bear attacked, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said.

    Witnesses told authorities the bear picked up the boy in its mouth while the mother and other visitors tried to fend it off with sticks and rocks, said Dan Hicks, a spokesman for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. The mother and the boy were critically injured and flown to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, authorities said.

    When the bear attacked, the 6-year-old girl ran away, authorities said. Rescuers found the girl's body about 100 yards down the trail from the falls. A bear was standing over her.

    "Allegedly, after the rescue squad found the little girl, one of the squad members fired a shot from a small caliber handgun," Hicks said Friday. "We don't know whether the bear was hit or not. There was no blood, but it chased it off."

    Hicks said authorities were using dogs and set traps baited with honey buns and doughnuts. Wildlife officers planned to put out more traps Friday morning, he said.

    The 640,000-acre park runs along the Tennessee-North Carolina line southwest of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Authorities also are asking anyone who was at the campground and saw the attack to come forward because witness accounts could help find the bear.

    The campground was evacuated after the attack and the witnesses have now scattered, Hicks said.

    The family was from Ohio but Hicks said he wasn't sure if they were in the area camping. No names have been released.

    Rangers said black bears rarely attack humans and that the animal may have been suffering from a disease that affected its behavior.

    "It's a pretty rare thing, black bears generally don't attack people. I can't think of any time other than — just really rare circumstances," said Monty Williams, park ranger.

    In May 2000, a woman was killed by a black bear near Gatlinburg. Glena Ann Bradley, a schoolteacher from Cosby, was attacked by two female bears when she took a walk on a trail near a Smoky Mountains campground.
     
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    Bear Escapes From Cage, Attacks Ohio Woman Tue May 23, 1:57 AM ET



    ORWELL, Ohio - A 500-pound bear escaped from an animal breeder Monday, entered a neighboring home and attacked a woman, a state wildlife officer said.

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    The victim was expected to survive, and the bear was lured out of the house and shot to death by the breeder, said Reno Reda of the state Department of Natural Resources wildlife division.

    The owner of Grand River Fur Exchange, Mark Gutman, was attempting to enter the bear's cage to clean it when the animal escaped, Reda said.

    The bear walked into a neighbor's garage, Reda said. A 15-year-old girl saw the animal and fled into the house, but the bear pushed the door open behind her and followed her inside, Reda said.

    The girl's mother, Rachel Supplee, 36, was attacked in a nearby room, Reda said.

    She was in satisfactory condition Monday night at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, Reda said, but details on the injuries to several parts of her body weren't available.

    The bear was shot about 20 minutes after it escaped. Gutman immediately called authorities, as required, when the bear broke loose, Reda said.

    The bear was about 9 years old and raised in captivity, making it unafraid of people, Reda said.

    Gutman is licensed for commercial game propagation, which allows him to breed animals and sell the offspring, Reda said. His business is in Hartsgrove Township, 50 miles east of Cleveland.

    No charges had been filed and the Ashtabula County Sheriff's Office was reviewing the matter, Reda said. The sheriff's office didn't return a phone message Monday night.
     

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