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Woman Killed By Bear Because Of Climate Change!

May 30, 2017
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By Paul Homewood


h/t Rupert Wyndham


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.

  1. Joe Public permalink
    May 30, 2017 10:04 am

    Surely the bears are affected by economic poverty, and so forced to avail themselves of free ‘food banks’ (known to the rest of us as garbage tips)

  2. quaesoveritas permalink
    May 30, 2017 10:05 am

    “Climate change has also been attributed to the surge in bear attacks in Japan in the past,”
    By whom?
    If the newspaper makes this claim, it should also name sources so that we know whether the person(s) making the claim had any credibility.
    It could have been Danielle Demetriou herself.

  3. May 30, 2017 10:48 am

    Is there nothing that the Telegraph won’t blame on “climate change”? It used to be the prerogative of the Grauniad and the BBC, but the disease is spreading.

    • 1saveenergy permalink
      May 30, 2017 11:11 am

      “the disease is spreading”

      Yes, I now have a 2nd verruca must be “climate change”.

  4. Stonyground permalink
    May 30, 2017 11:24 am

    “Climate change has also been attributed to the surge in bear attacks in Japan in the past…”

    The way that this is worded suggests that bear attacks are causing climate change.

    • Kalifornia Kook permalink
      June 6, 2017 6:00 pm

      Excellent catch!

  5. May 30, 2017 12:12 pm

    We’re well into the era of runaway climate change nonsense. A tidal wave of drivel is upon us, sadly.

    • Joe Public permalink
      May 30, 2017 12:49 pm

      Or for the Japanese, a tsunami of drivel.

  6. tom0mason permalink
    May 30, 2017 12:35 pm

    Basically bears like a free lunch, and find that humans leave lots of easily available food stuff in the street, so they go foraging there.
    However in the world of modern journalism — highlight an abnormal but very explainable event, report on it exaggeratedly and way out of context, ascribe to it the force of ‘climate change’, and get an instant BIG headline — thanks to the all encompassing ‘climate change’ meme.
    Same old junk by know-nothing reporters.

    Back in 2010 it was termites ( ) Increasing populations of termites will release more CO2 and methane to the atmosphere, thus the world will warm more, termites then can spread to the newly warmer areas, ad infinitum …

  7. CheshireRed permalink
    May 30, 2017 3:58 pm

    Hysteria level 11 presages Trump dumping Paris.

    Check out the Guardian’s latest weapons-grade Horlicks, beyond any reason or rationale whatsoever. BTL comments are a gem.

  8. Stephen permalink
    May 30, 2017 5:41 pm

    You stupid Woman, when I said bear behind I didn’t mean that, runnnn…..

  9. AndyG55 permalink
    May 30, 2017 8:01 pm

    Japanese temperatures since 1998

  10. Bloke in Japan permalink
    May 30, 2017 11:10 pm

    @Joe Public

    There aren’t any garbage tips in Japan. All waste is sorted into one of two classes, recyclable and burnable. Food waste is burnt.

    That WWF piece is nonsense. About 70% of Japan’s land area is uninhabitable mountains. There are pine plantations, but the majority of the mountain areas are covered in native forest. I’d be very surprised if your average bear had problems crossing the roads in Akita. I live in neighbouring Yamagata and know this area very well. It’s jungle. Bears do raid gardens for food but this happens mainly in the autumn and in villages close to the mountains/forest.

  11. gofigure560 permalink
    May 31, 2017 9:34 pm

    The bear probably mistakenly believed the woman was an alarmist.

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