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Global Warming Causes Cougar Attacks That Didn't Happen

Just when you thought the media couldn't say anything dumber on the topic of global warming; the old record gets shattered...

Warning! This will hurt the brain of any thinking person.

Climate change could be causing cougar attacks: expert

CANMORE, Alta. -- A combination of warm winters and Alberta's population boom is causing a recent jump in cougar attacks, says a spokesman for the government agency that collects cougar-related data.

The province's cougar population has jumped this year because recent warm winters have pushed up the population of deer, elk and moose -- the cougars' natural prey, said Darcy Whiteside with Alberta Sustainable Resource Development.

That's horrible... a "jump in cougar attacks." -- I wonder how many people have been killed....

No humans have been mauled by cougars in Alberta since 2005, but the number of sightings has jumped: as of Aug. 2, 136 sightings were reported. That's already 17 more than the total sightings in 2006, and 19 more than in 2005, said Whiteside.

Huh?

What happened to the 'recent jump in cougar attacks'? On what did they base this story?

Wildlife officials spent Tuesday tracking a hungry and possibly sick cougar that attacked a family dog in Canmore, Alta. While the cougar hasn't been found, the dog is recovering at a veterinary clinic with severe head injuries after it was attacked and carried away by the cat.

One sick cat tried to snatch dinner? That's a 'recent jump in cougar attacks'? There must be more.... Oh there's this...

In British Columbia, a 12-year-old boy was camping with his family in the interior on Aug. 1, when he was mauled by a big cat. The attack left him with 200 stitches in his head.

So there you have it... a single attack in British Columbia gets reported as a "recent jump in cougar attacks" in Alberta AND is blamed by "an expert" on global warming.

Talk about letting the narrative get way ahead of the facts.

As an added bonus I tracked the original story of the kid with the 200 stiches... the story ends with this paragraph:

Conservation officials in Clinton have located and killed the young male cougar. Attacks like this aren't common in the area, with the last one occurring in 1995, they said.

This story is even dumber than this one. Maybe.


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CANMORE, Alta. -- ... (Below threshold)
CANMORE, Alta. -- A combination of warm winters and Alberta's population boom is causing a recent jump in cougar attacks...

Gee, that's never happened when expanding communities collide with the habitat of the animal kingdom.

[...] but the number of sightings has jumped: as of Aug. 2, 136 sightings were reported...
Wildlife officials spent Tuesday tracking a hungry and possibly sick cougar that attacked a family dog in Canmore, Alta.

Wow. Here in the desert we'll have a very wet winter and the jackrabbit population explodes, the coyotes eat really well. Then we'll have a couple of years of hardly any rain and the next thing we have is coyotes loping down the boulevard in the middle of town.

It's usually about that time people start having their cats disappear, and an occasional dog.

No one's every blamed it on global warming. They do blame it on coyotes.

Of course you're 100% right... (Below threshold)

Of course you're 100% right Paul, I mean, we all know it's SUVs that we have to look out for. Take the other day ago for instance: My very own SUV (it's actually a 1965 VW micro-bus, but I want an SUV) attacked my neighbor when he insisted on causing his dogs' poop be, in a state of repose, on my front lawn area. Well, I'm sure you can imagine my shock and dismay when I found out (well, actually,I just opened my eyes) the nature and origin of his pleas of, "For the love of God, please stop running me over! I swear to Christ I don't even own a dog!" I weep as I type this, for sadly, "Helga" gave no quarter.

Yes, you are right, if you are thinking it was another case of "V.D.P.L.U.S.D." (Vehicle Deficit People Living Utility Sport Dislexia). This scurge that has now swept across the nation is a blight on our once fair, and free of twenty inch rims, land.

I have it on good authority that Senator Patty Murray, the single most brilliant person in Washington, if not the world, has devised legislation wherein it will soon be the law of the land that anyone who makes the mistake of purchasing one of these hideous deathtraps, will have to undergo a series of intense and theraputic cougar maulings -For their own good. Who am I kidding ? Dammit, IT'S FOR THE GOOD OF THE COUNTRY, dammit. Heck, no, screw heck, "HELL NO -WE WON'T GO -FOR A RIDE IN AN SUV", will soon be the mantra of patriotic citizens of the world around...here...I mean, the world round....

World renowned savior and all around creepy (but in a "good" way) guy, Al Gore, jumped the first Concord out of Tennesse and winged his way to D.C. so as to lobby for the proposal. The reviews are in and it looks like a slam dunk, this legislation will be law by midnight (actually, AT midnight) on Saturday the 1st.

Thank you for your hard work and support in this great endeavor to rid the general population of their "right" to affordable and safe transportation, your commrade, pudge.

It never occurred to these ... (Below threshold)
marc:

It never occurred to these asshats they could have played up the "warm winters have pushed up the population of deer, elk and moose" angle into global warming hysteria.

It must be a bitch when you can't come up with a good sermon for your global warming flock.

I have it on good ... (Below threshold)
I have it on good authority that Senator Patty Murray, the single most brilliant person in Washington, if not the world,...

Lucky you. Here in CA, we have Babs Boxer, possibly the stupidest person in California, but undoubtedly the stupidest member of the United States Senate.

How do I know? Have you ever heard her talk!

This is merely a continuati... (Below threshold)

This is merely a continuation of Old Media scare journalism in support of a trendy leftist cause. Don't expect the left-leaning Old Media to change their spots.

Hm. That would have been more appropriate for a story about leopard attacks, wouldn't it?

The narrative has been chan... (Below threshold)
Roy:

The narrative has been changed from "global warming" to "climate change". Most normal people call climate change "the weather". Those who adhere to this new religion of climate change will use it to expain everything bad - just like they did with the gods of Olympus in the ancient Greek days.

And the usial wackos from P... (Below threshold)
spurwing plover:

And the usial wackos from PETA,GREENPEACE and crack-pots like JAMES LOVELOCK will say all sorts of rediclous things and especialy for a eco-nut case like lovelock will bring up this GAIA poppycock

The cougar was at an manage... (Below threshold)
stan25 Author Profile Page:

The cougar was at an manageable level until some idiots decided to protect them, because they were so cute and cuddly (what a crock). Now they are getting to be over-populated and thus started moving into the urban areas to hunt for food. Of course, when these same idiots start loosing their precious Fido and fluff the kitten, they scream to the wildlife people to do something about it. Where does someone find these idiots, one may ask? Well look no closer than your next door neighbor. I still think that best policy is shoot, shovel and shut up. It has worked very well with other dumb eco-terrrorist moves. So global warming has nothing to do with the attacks made by cougars or any other wild carnivore; it is hunger that is doing it.

Roy, you are distressingly ... (Below threshold)
kim:

Roy, you are distressingly correct, but if the globe does not continue to warm, it will be increasingly difficult to blame carbon dioxide, and hence, man, for 'climate change'.

Not that these stupid bastards won't try to though. By the way, James Hansen is a dead man walking. NASA is going to get blamed.
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"warm winters have pushed u... (Below threshold)
BlacquesJacquesShellacques:

"warm winters have pushed up the population of deer, elk and moose"

I just got the results of our Alberta hunting license draw. I got whitetail and mule, male and female and a letter saying that when I actually pick up the license I will be given between 1 and 4 extra tags. Damn that global warmening making those deer happy and fecund.

I hunt an area right on the Montana border. Have the Montanans told the rest of you yanks about all the extra warmened wildlife, or are they hogging it all for themselves?

>Of course, when these same... (Below threshold)
Paul:

>Of course, when these same idiots start loosing their precious Fido and fluff the kitten, they scream to the wildlife people to do something about it.

YUP.. people move "out to the country" to be "closer to nature" then they get annoyed when there are bugs and wildlife there.

I knew a guy who retired and bought 5 acres "out in the country." Then he cut all the trees down and planted a lawn so big it took a tractor to cut.

If you don;t like trees, why do you move to the country?

I'm sure Canada's efforts a... (Below threshold)

I'm sure Canada's efforts at forest regeration, which attracts moose, elk and deer, has nothing to do with it. Nah, 'course not. The moose, elk and deer follow their food supply and the cougars in turn follow their food supply. It seems that forest regeneration is more successful in the west than the east for many reasons, not the least of which is that far more land in the east of Canada is privately owned.

There is also a program in recent years designed to urge people to report more sightings of the cougar as well, mainly because of their scarcity and endangered status in the east.

Urg .... in the first sente... (Below threshold)

Urg .... in the first sentence it should read "regeneration" not regeration.

A few years ago when they h... (Below threshold)
spurwing plover:

A few years ago when they had that stupid voter ballot in calfornia to protect mountian lions some wacko was seen wearing a mountian lion hide and carrying a sign with a cougar and saying LET ME LIVE too bad these dumb flatlanders idea of mountian lions comes from watching the disney channel and CHARLE THE LONESOME COUGAR

I also see the phenomenon o... (Below threshold)

I also see the phenomenon of people buying land in the country, and clear-cutting it all. First they plant grass, but usually within a year or so they are also planting . . . trees. They could have simply left a few which were already fully mature . . .

But you miss the point entirely with this post. The point is not that there HAVE been cougar attacks on humans due to global warming, it is that there MIGHT be. In the minds of the devotees of the "precautionary principle" in all its various permutations, any possible negative effect that anyone can imagine MUST be treated as if it were not only real, but widespread and threatening.

Thus, attacking cougars and deer and melting glaciers WILL combine to drive us to high ground where we will be sitting ducks for heat-crazed man-eating wildlife. Therefore, your SUV must go.

I hope that clears it up!

Yeah,I've noticed the use o... (Below threshold)
BFF:

Yeah,I've noticed the use of climate change over global warming,no matter,the people who believe the hoax and follow it are just plain stupid.

How can we be sure it wasn'... (Below threshold)
LAB:

How can we be sure it wasn't the cougar non-attacks that caused Global Warming not to happen?

A little interesting... yet... (Below threshold)
Arya:

A little interesting... yet completely beside the point. Its a little ludicrous that a whole jaguar attack is caused by global warming. Its like blaming an infant for failing a college baised test...

We have just one earth. We ... (Below threshold)
jack hooper:

We have just one earth. We must save our earth. Do whatever you can to to reduce global warming.

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