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Gingersnap
10-20-2010, 12:40 PM
Bear attacks surge in Japan, climate change blamed

(AFP) 8 hours ago

TOKYO Bear attacks have shot up in Japan this year and sightings of the animals have spiked, a trend blamed on climatic changes and shifting land use patterns, officials and media reports said on Wednesday.

At least four people were killed and 80 wounded in bear attacks between April and September in the island-nation, much of which is covered in mountain forests, topping last year's total of 64 attacks, said broadcaster NHK.

Some 400 bears were shot dead near human-populated areas by authorised hunters on Japan's far-northern island of Hokkaido alone, where two people were mauled to death by bears earlier this year, a local official said.

In the mountainous central prefecture of Fukushima, northeast of Tokyo, more than 150 bears were shot dead after they encroached on residential areas.

Some wildlife experts have blamed a record heat wave this summer which impacted the omnivores' natural food sources and sent the Asiatic black bears foraging for food in more densely populated farming and residential areas.

"The extremely hot summer and other climatic factors may have led to a shortage of acorns or nuts in woodlands this year," said Tatsuo Sato, an official of the Fukushima prefectural government.

In some areas habitat destruction is blamed for forcing the bears into closer contact with humans. In other parts, farms are being abandoned and reclaimed by nature, reducing buffer zone with the bears' natural habitats.

In the latest reported encounter, police and hunters went on the hunt Wednesday in Fukuchiyama, Kyoto prefecture, after a one-metre (three-foot) tall bear was sighted in a residential area. No-one was injured.

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djones520
10-20-2010, 12:44 PM
When the snow monkeys in N. Honshu attack people, do they blame it on global warming?

I'd put this up to humans encroaching on their territory.

Wei Wu Wei
10-20-2010, 01:46 PM
hmmm... if these people had guns those bears wouldn't eat anyone.

Wei Wu Wei
10-20-2010, 01:47 PM
When the snow monkeys in N. Honshu attack people, do they blame it on global warming?

I'd put this up to humans encroaching on their territory.

Their territory? last I checked God gave this earth to Man to have dominion over. not to Bears.

Gingersnap
10-20-2010, 02:54 PM
You've never checked, Wu Wu. Besides, that's hardly a cogent argument to put to an atheist. :rolleyes:

djones520
10-20-2010, 03:19 PM
Their territory? last I checked God gave this earth to Man to have dominion over. not to Bears.

Go poke a bear in the chest and tell him to move the fuck out.

I'll be waiting to hear the results.

Wei Wu Wei
10-20-2010, 03:20 PM
Can I poke him with a bullet? ;)

Articulate_Ape
10-20-2010, 03:21 PM
Go poke a bear in the chest and tell him to move the fuck out.

I'll be waiting to hear the results.

Heh. :D

djones520
10-20-2010, 03:22 PM
Can I poke him with a bullet? ;)

Not in Japan you can't.

Wei Wu Wei
10-20-2010, 03:31 PM
First they took Japan....

stock up on ammo boys the bears are comin'

megimoo
11-06-2010, 03:29 PM
First they took Japan....

stock up on ammo boys the bears are comin'Be a sport, use a Katana !

m00
11-06-2010, 03:54 PM
Wow, wei wei in a lounge-worthy thread! Participating even! :D