"I tot I saw a pooty cat.
I DID, I DID see a pooty cat."
~ Tweety Bird


"Humans are to blame for leaving food or being food."
~ Jackie Jura

In Canada these days the environmentalists and the government are trying to keep people calm and non-antagonistic toward predatory carnivores (wolves, coyotes, bears etc) that are increasingly attacking people in parks, back yards, golf courses, hiking trails and on downtown city streets. Whenever the stories hit the news the animal is always defended as "just looking for food" and people are being told to stay out of their way. The tax-funded wildlife organizations (and the private ones) blame human beings for attracting the predators by leaving food or "being" food. Hey, I've just coined a new slogan for the environmentalist's policy of choice:

"Don't be food to carnivores. Stay inside"

People are so cowed into not saying anything politically incorrect (negative) about animals with big teeth and claws that a father who came across a coyote while in a park with his two young children last week had nothing stronger to say about it than:

"My understanding is coyotes get very hungry and,
this is my speculation,
from what I've heard,
is that they actually,
have killed kids."

There you have a perfect example of a typical Canadian's passive attitude to an enemy, even when it literally bares its ugly teeth. Now you can imagine how difficult it is to get their blood pressure up over enemies they can't literally see, even after their figurative ugly teeth have been pointed out to them.

The following article is one version of the story: [Other news articles have been more specific about the two attacks saying they were from two different coyotes. One coyote got away and the other was killed by one blast from a cop's shotgun, which, by the way, they carry to protect themselves with while at the same time depriving citizens of even the right to carry pepper spray. We're left with nothing but our bare arms and placating words like "niiiiiiiice wooooolfy, niiiiiiiice woooooolfy". ~ Jackie Jura

2 children attacked by coyote
CBC News, Apr 20, 2005

CALGARY Two toddlers were taken to hospital Tuesday after being attacked by a coyote while playing in Calgary's inner city. Both children, who were bitten in separate incidents, had minor injuries. And in both cases, adults chased away the animal. "They yelled and screamed, my five year old and the sitter, to scare the coyote away," Suzy Judson, whose 2.5-year-old daughter Ellie was attacked about 3 p.m. at the Rosedale Community Centre. "As soon as we had run away, they ran to the school that they were right beside and got her to the nurse's office and called 911.

"I think I'll be a little nervous next time we go out."

Ellie was treated at Children's Hospital for puncture wounds on her head and scratches on her legs.

About 9 a.m., a three-year-old boy was attacked while playing in Confederation Park. Witnesses said a coyote grabbed the boy by the head, puncturing the skin on his head, under his eye and on the left side of his face.

Ed Pirogowicz, with Alberta Fish and Wildlife, says coyotes can be found in all areas of the city, but attacks are unusual. "Over the last 20 or 30 years, across North America, there's been something like 17 attacks that have been substantiated over that period of time," he said. "So, in North America that's quite a rare occurrence."

Police shot a coyote in the area of Memorial Drive and Centre Street about 4 p.m. It will be tested to determine whether it was diseased. It's not known whether that was the animal that attacked either of the children, or if the same coyote was involved in both attacks.

Cher Ferral, whose house backs onto the park where the young girl was attacked, says she often see coyotes coming out of the escarpment and approaching people.

"It's kind of scary that they're coming right up here," she said. "I mean, you would think you could go to the park with your kids and not have to worry about coyotes."

Hal Hammerlindl, who ran into a coyote last weekend while at the park with his two young children, agrees the situation is scary.

"My understanding is coyotes get very hungry and, this is my speculation, from what I've heard is that they actually have killed kids," he said.

Cougar attack triggers warning
CBC News, Jul 5 2005
Conservation officers on northern Vancouver Island are on the lookout for a cougar, after a woman tourist was attacked at a campground near Port Alice on June 24. Conservation officer Gerry Brunham says a group of German tourists had set up camp in the remote area, when the cougar wandered into their RV and attacked one of the women. He says the victim's husband chased the big cat off with a stick, and the 54-year-old woman escaped with a black eye and few stitches. The cougar is still at large. And Brunham says it appears the cougar is a juvenile, that may have just left its mother. "It's a very tough, competitive world for cougars out there," he says. "Right now, we have low prey populations. Deer populations are at their all time low and the cougars are very competitive. This one's struggling to find a living out there." Brunham says if you encounter a cougar, you should try to look as big as you can, make lots of noise and back up slowly.

An account of a cougar attack. Robson Times, Jun 21, 2005

The Propensity of Dingoes to Attack Humans, Report of Les Harris, Expert on Dingo Behavior, submitted in December 1980, re The Lindy & Michael Chamberlain ("Dingo") Trial:
...Comparisons between dingoes and domestic dogs are not particularly valid, tempting as they might be. The dingo is a natural canid (in fact a wolf, not a dog) which has to practise its hunting skills on a daily basis and at a very high level of efficiency in order to survive. In terms of strength, speed, agility and reasoning power, they compare more readily with the natural felines, i.e. tigers, leopards, et al. It is easier to underestimate the capabilities of dingoes than to overestimate them...


Jackie Jura
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