It’s a Good Thing Canadians Are Disarmed

One of them might have shot the cougars attacking a kid. Four-year-old boy in serious condition, two cougars killed after attack near Lake Cowichan.

Oh, the cougars were killed anyway, just much later, when the authorities, “The only ones authorized to have firearms” arrived to not quite save the day.

A four-year-old boy is in serious condition with injuries to his head, neck and arms after being mauled by at least one cougar near Lake Cowichan.

Now guns in the hands of the parents may not have saved this kid, but being unarmed in an area populated with big cats seems crazy to me.

So glad that gun control is keeping the cougars safe from otherwise-armed adults.

And the most convoluted, unclear sentence of the week award goes to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

“It’s fairly serious,” said RCMP Cpl. Chris Manseau. “It’s not completely uncommon, but still very, very rare, just a dangerous situation for everyone.”

Myths and Statistics and Bear Attacks

37 instances probably doesn’t rise to the number required for a good statistical analysis. But it is interesting. Pistols or Handguns 95% Effective When Used to Defend Against Bear Attacks, 63 Cases.

We found five cases involving a .22 rimfire pistol. Four were successful, against black bears. One failed against a polar bear.

One of the successful .22 LR incidents involved an assist from the guy’s dog, which distracted the black bear, and let me reload after 10 shots.

As the dogs fought the sow, Earl reloaded. Then, as the sow came at him again, he fired 10 more shots from his Ruger .22 pistol. The dogs distracted the sow once more. The fight moved into a thicket. The sow was found there, dead from two .22 rounds that had reached her vitals. There were 14 .22 caliber holes in her.

An interesting read.

I’m Sure Some Animal Rights Activist is Crying

Because the authorities had to shoot the gator. Knock, knock: Massive gator startles Merritt Island homeowner.

So a 10 foot plus gator was pounding on someone’s door.

Two neighbors tried wrestling the gator but couldn’t, so they called 911.

A trapper removed the gator, which weighed 350 pounds.

Would have been simpler if the homeowner shot the gator, but at least someone did. (And you have to watch the video to get all the info – it is not included in the written article.)

Gators In Florida – Not the University Mascot, But the Real Ones

The article is of course from a state other than Florida. (This particular article is from Georgia.) Because Floridians (mostly) know there are gators. Gators gone wild: 2018 was their year in Florida.

One could say 2018 was the year of the gator, and we’re not talking about the University of Florida football team.

Everything from the Home Owners Association who wouldn’t let a woman have an alligator removed from her back yard (where her young son plays.) To the 15-year-old girl trapped in a tree for 30 minutes, by an 11-foot-alligator, before a deputy dispatched the gator with an AR-15. And many more in between. (Like the 85-year-old who had his foot bitten a couple of weeks ago.)

Every couple of years, someone doesn’t realize (or believe) that there are alligators in the fresh water. There are alligators in the fresh water. At golf clubs. Along the side of highways. In parks where you are walking your dog. At amusement parks. You should plan your activities accordingly.

You also know the story above is from a happy news station, because they don’t include what was the worst gator attack of 2018.

The video below is ABC News coverage of a fatal alligator attack in Florida, from about 6 or 7 months ago. Alligators can be aggressive in the summer – females are territorial when they are defending nests.

Never walk along waterways in Florida with small children or pets, this time of year; they can be mistaken for prey.

Though some would say you’re the one making the mistake. (You are only an apex predator when you are armed.)

There’s Just No Pleasing Some People

This story has been winding its way through my news feeds for the past few days, and I really didn’t want to say much about it, but the tenor of the “reactions” is just insane. Indian tiger ‘Avni‘ shot dead after 13 deaths.

So. 13 dead humans. The plan was to tranquilize the tiger and relocate her. But after she was hit with a dart, and before the drugs could take affect, she charged. The guy responsible for security shot and the tiger was killed at the scene.

But the environmentalists, the Left, the media (and probably some others) are all bent out of shape because that guy – Sharpshooter Shafat Ali Khan – didn’t stand around and wait to be killed, or watch someone else die.

The mother of two 10-month-old cubs had been linked to the deaths of 13 villagers near the Ralegaon forest in Maharashtra state‘s Yavatmal district since June 2016. There was reported to be DNA evidence linking her to 5 of the 13 deaths in Yavatmal, and forest surveyors said there was a male tiger in the forest whose DNA was found on one of the bodies.

People (not the environmentalists – who live hundreds or thousands of miles away) worry that those 10-month-old cubs may have been taught to hunt humans.

Coyotes in New York State

New York is so screwed. Pleasantville looks into how to deal with coyotes.

“Carry a stick, carry a rock, carry an air horn,” [Kevin Clarke, a wildlife biologist with the state Department of Environmental Conservation] said. “Yell, make your presence known.”

Because carrying a gun would be completely out of the question.

Use the Weapon Available

Humans are apex predators when we are armed. 16-year-old girl saves little brother from cougar with bow-and-arrow.

While this is a story of self-defense, it is also a story of the idiocy of the Left.

Amaya Simpson was out on a routine evening hunting walk with her brother Cole Seymour, 6, on their family’s property on the Colville Reservation, about 80 miles from Spokane. Suddenly, Amaya got the feeling that there was something amiss.

“It’s just kind of an instinct thing, I just kind of got chills on the back of my neck.”

She turned around to see a cougar right behind her kid brother.

She nocked an arrow, and shot it. The two went to get their parents, who – with dogs – hunted it down and killed it.

Although she used her bow and arrow out of self-defense, Amaya said that as her story made national news, she has received many mean comments from people around the country who are critical of her killing an animal. Some people have even made fake Facebook accounts to troll her mother on the social media site.

“There are haters, people who completely disagree with everything I did … Everything you could name in the book, they’ve said it,” she said.

Because as we know, the Left does not value human life. And Amaya has a decent attitude about it.

She pays the online bullies no mind, however, knowing that if she hadn’t shot the cougar, her brother may not be with her today.

Dori [Monson of KIRO radio, who interviewed Amaya] told her that the people criticizing her online are just “city hipsters who think they know what’s going on [outdoors in nature].”

“You are completely right, [those] are the people who it is,” Amaya laughed.

What Tool Would You Want in the Event of a Cougar Attack?

I think I would want a firearm, or at the very least, a large knife. Cougar attack suspected in hiker’s death near Oregon’s Mount Hood, officials say.

But that advice is beyond the pale for CBS in Oregon. Or maybe Oregon, in all its liberal glory forbids weapons in parks. (Why would you need to be armed in nature? Read this article.)

If in the very unusual event that a cougar attacks you, fight back with rocks, sticks, tools or any items available.

This is the sad story of a hiker killed on Mount Hood, by a wild animal. Or maybe it is a cautionary tale.

While this is the first fatal attack in Oregon, there have been fatal attacks in other states.

Although this is Oregon’s first documented fatal cougar attack in the wild, other states with large cougar populations have seen fatal attacks.

Three people have died due to cougar attacks in California, and 10 people have been attacked and suffered non-fatal injuries, according to state records. Colorado also has had three fatal cougar attacks.

Humans are only apex predators when we are armed. Fighting off a wild animal with rocks and sticks ignores millennia of our history. (Though we did start with sticks and rocks, that was a very long time ago.)

Shark Bites in New York Are Unusual

Actually shark bites anywhere are unusual. Two on the same day… Two children suffer bites in possible shark attacks off New York’s Fire Island.

Two children were bitten in the leg in the waters off New York’s Fire Island on Wednesday in possible shark attacks, prompting beach closings, authorities said

While wild animal encounters are noteworthy, the bit that caught my attention was the political response.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a statement saying he had deployed DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos to lead a multi-agency investigation into the possible shark attacks.

“I am relieved that both teenagers who were attacked have been released from the hospital,” Cuomo said. “The State will do everything we can to protect beachgoers and keep the community safe.”

And how exactly is that going to happen? Is the State of New York going to eliminate sharks off that part of the Eastern coast? Deploy nets? What? I know politicians love to say “we will take care of you,” but I just don’t see exactly what they are going to be able to do. They could permanently close the beaches (and destroy the economy of some areas), but I doubt they will do that either.

Or is the key phrase in the quote “everything we can?” Everything they can, might turn out to be very little. Maybe they could deploy “No Sharks Allowed” signs, underwater. Declare a “Shark-free zone!” (We need common-sense shark-control. I don’t object to fish, but how can you see a shark as anything but a dangerous assault-fish? </sarcasm>)

There are always sharks in the water, apparently even in New York. If you decide you are going swimming, you should be aware of that. (I was going to include a clip from Jaws – “You’re gonna need a bigger boat” – but I resisted.)

There Are Always Sharks in the Water

The just don’t usually bite people as far north as Nassau County. Rare double shark attack closes Florida beach; bites were just minutes apart.

There are always sharks in the water. Two people were bitten in the space of a few minutes. The beaches were closed, because they assume (or maybe they know) the attacks were by 1 shark. But if they are going to wait for there to be no sharks in an area, they are going to wait for a very long time.

Florida, as you may know, is the shark attack capital of the world. Of 88 unprovoked shark bites that the Florida Museum of Natural History documented around the world last year, more than one-third took place in the Sunshine State’s shores.

If you fly in and out of Fort Lauderdale as often I used to do, you will eventually land from east to west coming in over the water, and as the plane goes over the beaches you can see the people and the sharks. They are always there, separated by a few yards.

So It’s OK If the Deputy Has An AR-15. Oh, and Florida Has Alligators

You would think people from Florida would know better. An alligator trapped a teenage girl in a tree. Then a deputy arrived with an AR-15.

Floating on a pool “raft” in Ocala National Forest (which is in central Florida, north of Orlando by about 50 miles or more depending on what part of the forest you are in) is probably not something I would do. But then if there is fresh water, there are gators. The one in question was between 10 and 11 feet (by some estimates) and was probably a female protecting a nest.

By the time Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy Mitch Blackmon arrived, ahead of the marine unit, Jordan had been in the tree for about 30 minutes. She was screaming and exhausted from hanging on, according to the incident report.

He dispatched the alligator with an AR-15. (Which the Washington Post seems to approve of in this case.)

There are alligators in Florida. I know it gets hot in the summer, but that is why people have pools with big cages around them. In part to keep the mosquitoes out, but they also discourage the reptiles.

“There’s not much left of them.”

Poetic Justice, Mother Nature style. Or something to that effect. Lions eat ‘rhino poachers’ on South African game reserve

At least two suspected rhino poachers have been mauled to death and eaten by lions on a South African game reserve, officials say.

Rangers discovered the remains of two, possibly three, people in a lion enclosure in the Sibuya reserve, near the south-east town of Kenton-on-Sea.

Karma’s a bitch.

Your Feel-good Story of the Day

A bear cub falls into a basement under construction. But there is a happy ending. Wisconsin game warden helps cub escape basement with ladder.

Walz and the homeowner decided to use a ladder to rescue the crying cub. Video shot by Walz shows the animal climbing the ladder to freedom with some off-camera coaching.

Video at the link.

This is Sad and Unusual – Fatal Alligator Attack in Florida

Fatal alligator attacks are rare. Alligator believed to have fatally attacked Florida woman killed by authorities Friday | abc7.com

Her dogs were found near the lake, one with a recent bite. She was missing, though there was an unconfirmed report that someone saw her dragged into the water.

A 12 foot gator was trapped and killed. A necropsy confirmed that the gator bit Shizuka Matsuki. It is believed she died, and Florida Fish and Wildlife are searching for her body.

From 1948 to 2017, the commission has documented 401 people bitten by alligators, including 24 fatalities. The most recent death occurred in 2016, when a 2-year-old boy playing near the water’s edge at a Walt Disney World resort was killed.

When you see a body of fresh or brackish water in Florida – a pond, a river, whatever – you should consider that alligators probably live there.

There are also crocodiles in the southern Everglades. Sharks are just off shore at your favorite beach. And anacondas have been introduced to the Everglades. Then there are poisonous snakes, fire ants, etc. Oh, and bears can be a problem if you are camping in the pine forests.

They Wanted to Help the Bear, Instead They Got It Killed

They are not pets, they are wild animals. Bear euthanized after being fed in P-L neighborhood | Pinetop Lakeside | wmicentral.com

There is a drought, so the bears are stressed. Still no excuse.

Sandi’s husband, Mr. Coberly, admitted to putting out food and water for the bear when he spoke to an AZGFD officer. Sandi Coberly told The Independent that her neighbors were feeding the bear.

It was an act of mercy. The bears were thirsty. Now the mother is dead, and the cubs in captivity. Way to go.

I have the “Don’t Be Stupid” graphic up, but I know that people will continue to do stupid things. (Who was it that asked, “How many animals has Walt Disney killed?”)

Coyote Attack in North Carolina

I’m guessing that wild animal attacks are rare in that part of the country. Wake Forest man injured in coyote attack | abc11.com

It happened about 9:30 p.m. along the 3100 block of Lariat Ridge Drive as the homeowner was taking out his trash.

The victim defended himself by kicking the animal, but the coyote continued to attack. The homeowner eventually escaped by throwing a trash can at the coyote which caused the animal back away.

It “lurked” in the backyard until it was shot by the homeowner’s son. It will be tested for rabies.

So What Are You Supposed to Do When Wild Animals Are Attacking Children?

Americans have lost their rational fear of wild animals. Even when they are in your backyard, they are dangerous. Coyote attack of 9-year-old Carolina girl sparks concerns in the. The point of the old (original version of) Grimm’s tales was to impress on children that nature was “red of tooth and claw.” Now they’ve been sanitized by Disney, they contain no lessons whatsoever.

The coyote attack this past week of a North Carolina girl at her own house is raising concerns about safety in Upstate areas with frequent sightings.

The animal attacked the girl in the middle of the day, leading the game department to suspect rabies.

But the ready availability of food in suburban settings is making the coyotes stick around and become accustomed to humans.

It is legal to shoot a coyote in your yard, unless your city or HOA laws prohibit that. But if your safety is in question, the law is on your side either way.

So at least in South Carolina, you are entitled to protect yourself.

How Would You Deal With a 500 Pound Charging Mama Grizzly?

Without a firearm, this hunter would likely be dead. Bozeman Hunter Shoots, Kills 500-pound Female Grizzly Bear – Flathead Beacon

Grizzly Bear Management Specialist Wesley Sarmento says the 500-pound female bear began charging after the hunter shot a pheasant outside of Pendroy, a community located 79 miles (127 kilometers) northwest of Great Falls.

There are three 10-month-old cubs that have “low chances of survival without their mother.”

“We have a pretty clear case of self-defense here”

Sometimes you need to defend yourself from wildlife Man shoots grizzly near West Yellowstone; state says “case of self-defense”

The homeowner heard noise coming from the garage. He grabbed a gun and went onto the front porch to see what was going on.

“There was a bear not 10 paces from him on his porch,” [Andrea Jones, a spokeswoman for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks,] said.

Jones said the man told FWP investigators that the bear turned and began to approach him. He shot the bear dead.

The threats you face can come in all shapes. Self-defense is still a human-right.

12 Foot Gator in Harvey Flood Waters

Flood waters around Houston and Southeast Texas are fresh water. That means they’re home to gators. Some of them quite large. Huge Alligator Loose In Harvey Floods, Texas Game Wardens, Troopers Wrangle It – Across Texas, TX Patch

A very big, and by big we mean 12 feet long, and presumably unhappy alligator found higher ground in Hurricane Harvey’s churning floods, and it took a half dozen or so Texas game wardens and troopers to wrangle the displaced reptile so it could be taken back where it belongs.

Still think people are better off not having evacuated? Hazards in the water include alligators (most are smaller than 12 ft!) poisonous snakes, and floating colonies of really pissed off fire ants.