Animal aggression reports becoming more common

July 28, 2011 –  QUEENSLAND – A Kooralbyn family say they are prisoners in their own home ever since a rampaging wallaby moved into the neighborhood. Julie Bambrick said an unusually aggressive pretty-faced wallaby – dubbed Wacker by the family – had terrorized her 11-year-old grandson Reece, bowled over her husband Virgil and bit him on the face, and hissed, snarled and scratched at her whenever she ventured into her garden. She said the family had been attacked while putting the rubbish out, going to the car and even just stepping out the front door. “I’m scared to go outside,” Ms Bambrick said. “I won’t go out into the garden because I’m terrified this crazy wallaby is going to come and have another go. The kids won’t go out and play because they’re too frightened.” Ms Bambrick, who has lived in the area for nine years, said Wacker first attacked. Reece in March and now seemed to keep a constant watch on her Edward Place home. “It just sits outside the house and eye-balls us,” she said. “It’s a big one up to my chest in height and we’re all terrified of it. My biggest fear is it could really hurt a child and there are plenty of children along this street.” Ms Bambrick said she kept a star-picket, a pitchfork and a crowbar at the front and back doors in case the wallaby attacked. She even contacted the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, which told her to fill a water gun with dye to try to mark the problem animal but even that had proven challenging. “It didn’t work. It started attacking me and I had to try and defend myself by beating it away with the water gun.” Ms Bambrick said Reece had been bailed up more than once in the backyard. “It’s just awful,” she said. We’re prisoners in our own home.” A Department of Environment and Resource Management spokesman said it was aware of the attacks by the wallaby. “Kangaroos and wallabies that are used to being fed can approach people expecting food,” he said. “When there is no food, they may become aggressive. For kangaroos and wallabies living on the bushland fringe of a suburban area, a human may be seen as little more than a large animal living in its habitat  and one that they may need to defend against.” –News.com.au
Queensland: Last weekend, “Eddie,” a red kangaroo, escaped from his enclosure on Sunday and went on a rampage through Phyllis Johnson’s yard in Charleville in western Queensland, knocking her to the ground and repeatedly kicking her. –Courier.com
California:  A few days ago, a Laguna Woods woman was attacked by two coyotes, who carried her little Yorkie away with them. The woman was knocked down at Via Alhambra at Alta Via about 10 a.m. by one of the two coyotes, who then ran off with her dog, Laguna police Lt. Jason Kravetz said. Laguna police handle most animal-related duties in the retirement enclave. “They’re pretty brazen, running around the neighborhood,” Kravetz said. The woman was treated by Orange County Fire Authority paramedics for minor injuries. If confronted, people should stand tall, shout and wave something over their heads if possible. –Contra Costa Rica
Colorado: “I thought I would stay still. The bear shouldn’t attack me, that’s what everybody says.” But the bear did attack the teen, biting him several times. Once, deeply above his knee. The bear, a 200 pound Black Bear also scratched the teen before ripping at his pajama leg. The cloth came free and the bear retreated enough to put some distance between the two. Voss said the bear was acting territorially aggressive. His cousin decided that it was time to escape and ran out of the tent. Fatefully, the bear chased his cousin and left him alone. In the meantime, other campers woke up and people began to yell “bear”. He believes that this startled the bear and it left. –KJCT8
contribution by Gen
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17 Responses to Animal aggression reports becoming more common

  1. Luis D. Rey says:

    Australia and the states cited, their government being Liberal/Demon-rats, they couldn’t hurt a fly won’t allow these humans to defend themselves with a fire arm,
    Am I right?

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  2. Gen says:

    Phyllis Johnson who was attacked by the red kangaroo is 94 years of age so is very lucky she was not killed.

    http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/boxing-kangaroo-turns-on-phyllis-johnson-at-charleville/story-e6freon6-1226101595481

    We have more and more kangaroos coming around our house grazing at night, They seem to be enjoying the clover and other grasses which are non native to the area. A lot of their habitat has been built out over the last 20 years. Although a lot get killed by cars travelling down the road their numbers seem to be ever increasing. A lot of people feed them and they appear reasonably friendly.

    We had one large male that had been grazing alone near the house at night for a few months. One night a few months ago I was taking garbage out and did not realise it was in the shadows under a tree about 4 metres away. It growled at me and gave me quite a fright. I don’t know whether it growled because it got a surprise or whether it was warning me I was in its territory.

    Wild animals coming in closer and closer to homes appears to be happening on a global scale. They appear to be more territorial in our space and I can’t remember hearing of so many stories of unprovoked aggression.

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  3. pam says:

    So much loss of habitat for many animals with the extreme weather.

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  4. Shawnta says:

    They are being fed. problem is, with all of the food shortages/costs of food…what happens when people cannot afford to feed or run low on food and cannot feed them anymore, they will be ever more aggressive…

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    • nibikwe says:

      In addition to loss of habitat, being fed by humans and so forth, I wonder about the effects of genetically altered food on wildlife and domesticated animals as well?

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  5. Gen says:

    Hi Luis D. Rey, I am in NSW Australia. A friend of my son has a gun licence and goes wild pig shooting out west on a mate’s property. He asked his local police if it was legal to shoot a rifle on a 5 acre property and they said they did not know. Go ask the gun people. He did so and was told you need to ask your local police. So he still does not know.

    In a case of shooting an animal that is attacking you, I don’t know what the legal outcome would be. Here I know if you shoot someone who is breaking into your house and intending to harm you, they can turn round and sue you.

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    • idiotbox says:

      Shoot it, bury it, reload and dig another hole for the next offender, keep a blown out tire around to account for the nosie.

      Problem solved.

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  6. Rob says:

    They should have one person go outside to attract the wallaby and another ready with a gun to shoot it when it attacks. Either that or set a couple of pitbulls or a cane corso after it.

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  7. Kelly says:

    Every country and every local jurisdiction has different firearms laws, so the use of firearms is always something that is site specific. Many countries/provinces/states allow the use of firearms, but it is fairly routine to find that local municipalities with large urban populations have discharge restrictions or restrictions on what sort of firearm you can use. Not much you can do about that except try and roll with the local regulations. I do know however that I think someone with a decent compound bow could take care of that wallaby problem. 🙂

    Wildlife conflicts have always occurred and for various reasons. Man encroaching on their habitat is by far the most common problem these days as we continue to breed like rats and our urban centers expand like the tentacles of an octopus into the hinterland.

    Seasonal movements for some species are interfered with in many cases and there are hundreds of cases where man has built right in the middle of the wintering grounds for some species and then complains about the conflict afterwards. There is also the problem of increases in wildlife populations for one reason or another, which results in more conflicts.

    Hunters numbers are dropping around the world for a number of reasons I will not go into. Trappers are few and far between because the EU and Animal Rights groups made the wearing of fur a no-no and trappers found themselves ostracized for being “cruel and barbaric”. The result of this, cumulatively, has been a big increase in numbers by many species and in a lot of cases they have expanded their range into new areas or back into places they had not been for many decades.

    Whitetail deer cause horrendous depredation problems in urban areas in North America, bears wander into suburbia when their natural food supply is diminished due to poor weather conditions and because people lure then with food or by leaving garbage out where they can access it. Leopards occasionally kill some poor soul in India where they are increasingly found in urban areas, and this is also the case with the cougar (mountain lion) in parts of North America.

    I live in a very rural area and we have bears in our yard all the time, along with other wildlife. We rarely have problems. One does need to be respectful though as black bears can be dangerous and in fact are far more likely to eat you than a grizzly bear, which prefer to just give you a good licking and go on their way.

    Bottom line is that most of the problems we have are created by man, with the occasional curve ball by mother nature. Everything comes at a cost. If you want to do away with hunters and trappers because you think they are genetically inferior, then expect that some animal populations will increase and become problems. If you want to ban firearms, so that people are limited in their ability to deal with problem wildlife, there are consequences. If you want to live and play in bear country, well, expect that the day may come when one of them disagrees with something you do. Real life is not like Walt Disney.

    Like us, the coyotes, bears and wallabies are all just trying to make a living and doing the best they can with the cards they have been dealt.

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  8. nickie says:

    Ummm, I realize that I am in the minority, – But I see it as ‘us’ that have moved into their territory. Modern suburbia was once bush, & home to these animals, and the bush provided them with food etc. Because of suburbanization wild animals, world wide, are being forced further & further out into areas that cannot sustain then with adequate food & water, – To survive they have to encroach on the fringes of our society. The elderly lady that was attacked understood this, & she was against killing it.
    I see it as being their instinct for survival rather than their becoming more territorial.
    This is just another viewpoint, not meant as a ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ debate on gun laws etc.
    Namaste
    Nickie

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  9. Gen says:

    Rob, this particular wallaby is pretty cunning and virtually appears out of nowhere right on top of them. It even tried to break through a wire screen door. They never know if and when it will come back and catches them by surprise every time.

    Nickie, what you are saying is 100 percent right. We are moving into their space more and more, but all the people can’t keep jamming into the cities.

    Maybe the food humans are giving them or they are stealing is making them aggressive. With all the junk in our food nowadays it is pretty likely the case.

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    • nickie says:

      Yes Jen, that is very true, – we can’t keep jamming into the cities. Like a leaf or a tree, our planet can only support & sustain a certain amount of life. Once the balance is tipped over the edge of sustainability, it is a downward slope from there on in, & truly becomes a fight for survival…. Trouble is it all has a snowball effect doesn’t it….the more we fight, the faster….. It can only slow, or reverse when we stop fighting & look for new ways to sustain the whole. To do this we have to work together…but we are too busy fighting, so the snowball just keeps adding momentum….

      Namaste
      Nickie

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    • The animals will reflect more and more the turbulence that belies in nature. As the elements in the natural world are overturned; so shall ferocity and violence escalate in both men and beast in refrain. This is something much more alarming than just encroachment.

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