From the ever more hysterical Telegraph:
A woman has been killed in an apparent bear attack while picking wild bamboo shoots in the mountains of northern Japan.
The body of Masako Oishi, 61, a nursing assistant, was reportedly found with gashes to the back of her head in a mountainous forest in Akita prefecture, which is known to be populated by bears.
The incident comes just weeks after local police issued warnings to residents living in remote mountainous areas of northern Japan to look out for bears.
Leaflets were reportedly circulated to warn locals of bear attacks in rural areas of both Akita and neighbouring Aomori Prefecture, advising residents not to enter forests where bears have been spotted foraging for mountain vegetables.
The number of bear attacks in Japan has risen sharply in recent years, with four people killed in the space of three weeks last year in forested areas of Akita, around 31 miles from the most recent attack. Before then, there had been only eight bear-related deaths in the region since 1979.
Bamboo shoots have long been a popular seasonal staple in Japanese cuisine at this time of year, with a number of residents living in northern mountains earning a living by selling them.
However, they are also a springtime staple in the diet of local bears, resulting in growing calls for caution among locals who go out to pick them in the wild.
Climate change has also been attributed to the surge in bear attacks in Japan in the past, as a growing number of the creatures reportedly leave their natural habitat in search of food.
So a woman enters a forest where there are lots of bears, with the aim of picking food that’s also eaten by bears, and gets killed.
But they blame it on climate change. Pathetic!
Even the WWF have not stooped so low. This is what they have to say:
The Japanese (Asiatic) black bear is the largest mammal of Japan’s 3 major islands (Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku). After World War II, a large portion of their habitat in the mountains was converted from indigenous deciduous or mixed forests to afforested coniferous forests for timber production. This course of action drastically reduced the availability of food, forcing the bears to come down to human residential or farm areas. Various public works such as dams and roads separate their habitats, which interferes with their movements and isolates them from neighboring populations.
But it’s too much to expect accurate reporting from the hacks at the Telegraph these days.
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