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Man Eaters- Dangerous Animals

If you spend any time reading me you know that one of my fears is being eaten alive. You can add it to this list.

Of course if you know me then you also know that I have a plan for dealing with cannibals and animals on both land and sea. You will not take me as a Scooby snack, no sir, not me.

Crocodiles and alligators beware because come looking for me and I will have a new set of boots and belts. Sharks, if you don't want to end up as dinner or have me use your teeth for a new necklace go bite someone else. Lions, tigers and bears, oh my. All of you better watch out or you will end up as a rug.

Unfortunately as the article below shows some people are not so fortunate.
"JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Attacks on humans by man-eating lions are on the rise in Tanzania and Mozambique, raising the stakes in the conservation game as environmentalists strive to save the big cats from extinction.

Lions in the area have developed a taste for human flesh because people have been sleeping outdoors to protect their crops from raiding bushpigs, which the cats follow onto croplands, a leading expert said.

"In Tanzania in the early 1990s there were about 40 recorded lion attacks a year. In the past couple of years they have risen to over 100 and about 70 percent are fatal," said Craig Packer, an ecologist at the University of Minnesota.

"The problems are down in southern Tanzania and northern Mozambique, a region which is very remote and very poor," Packer told Reuters in an interview on Tuesday.

Packer, who has headed the Serengeti Lion Project since 1978, was in Johannesburg for a conference on conservation strategies to save the African lion which also aims to find ways to reduce human-feline conflict.

Estimates for the continent's lion population range from 23,000 to 40,000.

In southern Tanzania and northern Mozambique, which are contiguous, Packer said there was believed to be around 5,500 lions. This is one of the biggest concentrations of the predator and most of that range is outside of protected areas.

BUSHPIG PROBLEM

"The region doesn't have a lot of natural prey or a lot of livestock and so as a result, the lions there eat a lot of bushpigs, which is unusual," said Packer.

"But the bushpigs are also quite a pest and so the people in those rural areas sleep outside to protect their crops. So it seems that the lions are drawn into the cropland where they encounter sleeping people," he said.

And humans are easy prey.

"Once they discover that they can eat people they get quite bold. They are even breaking into people's houses and pulling them out," Packer said.

The lure of the easy kill even attracts lions in the prime of life, contrary to the widely held view that most man-eaters are elderly animals with diminished hunting abilities.

"There was a bad man-eater in the Rufiji district of Tanzania a couple of years ago which they think ate around 40 people. When it was finally destroyed they found it was only about four years old, which is quite young," he said.

Packer said in the Lindi region of southeast Tanzania there had been an average of a lion attack every month for the past 15 years.

"Imagine living in an area where you know there will be a lion attack in the next four weeks. That must be terrifying."

Comments

Stacey said…
I read the title and thought this post was about some of the women you'd dated. LOL.
Anonymous said…
Stacey you may be right

Lions and cougars not much difference LOL.
Maddie said…
Hall and Oates "Maneater" gave me nightmares when I was younger, I'm with you on this.
Anonymous said…
I once came upon a book of the relationship natives had with the Siberian Tigers that lived around their tribes. They knew the tigers were dangerous and killed humans and took it as just a part of life. Next time I find that book (I'm looking for it because I want to buy it. I didn't have the money at the time and I didnt' write the title down) I will come back and tell you the title and the author.

But you probably wouldn't want to read a book like that I would imagine.
chosha said…
Good news for you from the keeper who ran the zooventure tour I went on recently. (http://www.zooquarium.com.au/venture.htm)

Most people killed by tigers never know they are going to die. The tiger can sneak up on a person and snap their neck in one movement. The animal deaths you see on the Discovery channel where the tiger goes for the belly, etc, and takes some time to kill the animal, are not how it happens with humans because we are so weak in comparison. So at least if you die from a tiger attack, the chances are you will not have to deal with it - you'll die in a moment and not even realise it's happening.
Jack Steiner said…
Stace,

Why do you think that we got divorced, or was that why mom and dad got divorced. Who can remember. ;)

MP,

Hall and Oates, you ought to speak with Stacey as that is her kind of music.

Chickadee,

I would be interested in reading that. I love the animals, just don't want to be eaten by one.

Chosha,

That is good to know. I'd rather be taken unaware.