Noctournal animals staged two daylight attacks on humans here on the west coast last week. A young male cougar stalked a family as they hiked near a Cupertino winery and took their six year-old son from behind, dragging him into brush before the parents were able to scare the cat off. The kid lost a fair amount of blood but is expected to be okay.
Following the attack last Sunday, authorities were finally able to track and tree the cat on Friday, using the very hunting techniques that voters in California and in Oregon banned some years ago; they (gasp!) deployed packs of dogs. Amazingly, many of those very same voters are increasingly dismayed to find that cougar populations are on a dramatic upswing - as are human/animal conflicts.
It's interesting to note that while hunters formerly paid money to the states for tags allowing them to try to nab a cougar, states are now obliged to pay hunters to track and remove problematic animals.
Interesting, but unsurprising. Animal "rights" groups spent tons of money in California and Oregon on heartstring-tugging television ads depicting poor kitty-cats being brutally bullied by evil men with guns and packs of dogs, and they were obviously quite effective.
Also on Friday, a guy jamming with friends at a Clackamas County campsite was nailed - again, in broad daylight - by a bat.
Yep, this one was rabid. California authorities who shot the cougar on Friday are having rabies tests expedited on the cat, as the kid he attacked is currently undergoing precautionary rabies shots.
Derrick, the bat-man, is likewise undergoing treatment, although in his case it isn't precautionary. Perhaps next time he goes camping, he can leave the guitar at home. After all, when people go camping, they're generally looking to leave the urban noise behind. And as he discovered, the wildlife don't much care for it either.