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Animals Attack Humans As a Result of Provocation

There is an increase in the incidence of large animal attacks on humans, researchers said. Led by Vincenzo Penteriani of the Spanish Council for Scientific Research, they emphasized the need to have a more objective and accurate data as to the potentially risky circumstances and attendant human behaviors that raise the risk of animal attacks.

The new study, which was published in Scientific Reports, put forward that large animal attacks are rare when compared to other fatalities caused by other animals. The study also hypothesized that media exaggerates these reports, resulting in an intensified fear toward the large animals.

With this new study, Mr. Penteriani and his team sought to educate the people and avert future attacks. He noted, however, that the increasing number of people who go outdoors could be a cause of the increased large animal attacks.

The researchers examined the wildlife databases, with a focus on cougars, coyotes, bears and wolves. Between 1955 and 2014, there were 697 attacks on human made by carnivore animals, noting that these attacks increased in occurrence each year.

Mr. Penteriani postulated that the people’s lack of knowledge on how to avoid these risky situations with large carnivore animals is a risk-increasing element that contributes to the likelihood of being attacked by these creatures.

“Prevention and information that can encourage appropriate human behavior when sharing the landscape with large carnivores are of paramount importance to reduce both potentially fatal human-carnivore encounters and their consequences to large carnivores,” the researchers added.

Mosquitoes Are Dangerous

Mosquitoes are the deadliest creatures in the world. This is followed by humans and then snakes at third place. With tigers and sharks and what-not, you might wonder how this can be true. Well, you have to consider that mosquitoes are known carriers of disease-causing organisms. Take a look at the outbreak of the Zika virus and other life-threatening conditions like dengue fever; you can blame all that to mosquitoes.

Mr. Penteriani and his team would also like to bring attention to the fact that spiders and bees wreak havoc oftener than bears attacking humans.

With this new study, the researchers seek to educate the people on how to conduct themselves when in the outdoors.


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