Monday, May 05, 2008

Here we go again

Not long ago, some of my neighbors were concerned because coyotes had been spotted in the area. One guy on our newsgroup even said something about traps and shotguns. He was serious. I could envision someone sitting on his roof with a twelve-gauge, a spotlight, and a six-pack, waiting to save us all from the evil coyotes.

Now, in Williamson County, just north of Austin, a mountain lion has allegedly been spotted. It's making the news. People are worried. But here are some facts, courtesy of the California Sierra Club web site:

Your risk of being injured or killed by a mountain lion is infinitesimal. There have been only 13 fatal mountain lion attacks in all of North America in the last 100 years. Eleven of the fatal attacks occurred in western states and provinces where trophy hunting of lions is allowed. According to the Department of Fish and Game's own records, in the last 20 years more than 85 people have died and 700 people have been injured in hunting accidents in California. For every person killed by a mountain lion in the last century, 300 people have been killed by bees,. 750 people have died when their cars collided with deer, 1200 people have been killed by lightning, and more than 1100 people were killed in hunting-related accidents.

So, instead of worrying about mountain lions, worry about the bees, 'cause they're coming to get you. Soon.

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