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2 blogs
259 tweeters
26 Facebook pages
2 Redditors


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Human behaviour can trigger large carnivore attacks in developed countries
Published in
Scientific Reports, February 2016
DOI 10.1038/srep20552
Pubmed ID

Vincenzo Penteriani, María del Mar Delgado, Francesco Pinchera, Javier Naves, Alberto Fernández-Gil, Ilpo Kojola, Sauli Härkönen, Harri Norberg, Jens Frank, José María Fedriani, Veronica Sahlén, Ole-Gunnar Støen, Jon E. Swenson, Petter Wabakken, Mario Pellegrini, Stephen Herrero, José Vicente López-Bao


The media and scientific literature are increasingly reporting an escalation of large carnivore attacks on humans in North America and Europe. Although rare compared to human fatalities by other wildlife, the media often overplay large carnivore attacks on humans, causing increased fear and negative attitudes towards coexisting with and conserving these species. Although large carnivore populations are generally increasing in developed countries, increased numbers are not solely responsible for the observed rise in the number of attacks by large carnivores. Here we show that an increasing number of people are involved in outdoor activities and, when doing so, some people engage in risk-enhancing behaviour that can increase the probability of a risky encounter and a potential attack. About half of the well-documented reported attacks have involved risk-enhancing human behaviours, the most common of which is leaving children unattended. Our study provides unique insight into the causes, and as a result the prevention, of large carnivore attacks on people. Prevention and information that can encourage appropriate human behaviour when sharing the landscape with large carnivores are of paramount importance to reduce both potentially fatal human-carnivore encounters and their consequences to large carnivores.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 2 1%
Portugal 2 1%
Germany 2 1%
Spain 1 <1%
France 1 <1%
India 1 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
China 1 <1%
United States 1 <1%
Other 2 1%
Unknown 180 93%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 43 22%
Researcher 43 22%
Student > Master 34 18%
Student > Bachelor 21 11%
Unspecified 15 8%
Other 38 20%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 105 54%
Environmental Science 45 23%
Unspecified 21 11%
Social Sciences 7 4%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 3 2%
Other 13 7%

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