Human/Animal War

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Teacher Schools Bear in Ballistic Biking Lesson

A Missoula, MT man attacked a bear in what may be retaliatory action in response to this week’s carp attack.  The man was riding his bike and claims to have accidentally struck the bear.  According to the story:

Jim Litz said he was traveling about 25 mph Monday morning when he came upon a rise and spotted a black bear about 10 feet in front of him. He didn’t have time to stop and T-boned the [bear] … his helmet hit the bear’s back and the two went cartwheeling down the road.

Litz was slightly injured in the clash, the ambushed bear retreated before the bear’s injuries could be assessed.  It’s not clear why Litz tried to disguise his attack as an accident (a bear appearing 10 feet in front of him? Seriously?) –perhaps he felt embarassed that the bear escaped alive, or maybe he’s worried about showing up on the bear’s radar as an active hostile.  But who could blame him?  Bear’s are scary. Beary scary:

Artist's Rendering of the bear

My artistic rendering of the attacked bear

Also of note:  Oregon man captures 6-foot lizard sneaking into his yard, likely planning sneak attack …… Lindy at Slog details shocking miseducation of children, raises question of possible toddler-animal alliance ….. Rottweiler saves boy from pit bull in likely staged show of feigned loyalty

September 11, 2008 Posted by | Attacks | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Kamikazi Carp Attacks Boy

In what can only be described as a major slap in the face for humans, a kamikaze carp has attacked a 15 year old Arkansas boy.  The fish jumped out of the water, flinging itself into the face of the boy.  Several outlets, including the AP,  covered the story:

The impact was so great that it killed the Silver Asian Carp and sent Seth Russell to the hospital with a broken jaw, loose teeth, and whiplash. According to Seth’s mother, he doesn’t remember a thing; he was knocked unconscious in the mishap. Carole Engle, the director of aquaculture at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff states that, in the past year, she has received multiple calls of jumping Silver Asian Carp causing injuries on Lake Chicot.

There’s more to the story, too.  The Silver Asian Carp species invaded American waterways in the 1970’s, and their population has steadily increased.  It makes sense that the animals would deploy a powerful jumping fish to other parts of the world, (and powerful is right — when was the last time you jumped into something so hard that you died?) But it seems a bit early for kamikaze attacks.

For a dramatic and exciting video about the story of the Asian Carp invasion, check out this video:

September 10, 2008 Posted by | Attacks | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments