CANMORE, Alta. -- A combination of warm winters and Alberta's population boom is causing a recent jump in cougar attacks, says a spokesman for the government agency that collects cougar-related data.
The province's cougar population has jumped this year because recent warm winters have pushed up the population of deer, elk and moose -- the cougars' natural prey, said Darcy Whiteside with Alberta Sustainable Resource Development.
"These are natural fluctuations," Whiteside said on Wednesday. "But they're compounded by the fact that municipalities are expanding into natural areas. A lot more people are living, camping and hiking in those areas, too."
I would be more inclined to think that as we take away the habitat of animals, build houses in their environment, push them out of their habitat, GO CAMPING AND VENTURE INTO THEIR DOMAIN, man is causing the problem, not climate change.
LIKEWISE, if we are going to swim in shark infested waters, there may be a chance of getting bitten. CLIMATE CHANGE AT ITS BEST............