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The effects of human age, group composition, and behavior on the likelihood of being injured by attacking pumas

By R. G. Coss, L. E. Fitzhugh, S. Schmid-Holmes, M. W. Kenyon, K. Etling

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Documentation from the years 1890 to 2000 of 185 instances of pumas (Puma concolor) attacking humans in the United States and Canada has provided statistical evidence that pumas are less likely to kill or injure humans in certain circumstances. We identified incidents of fatal attacks, severe injuries, light injuries, and no injuries as a function of human age class, group size, body posture, and conspicuous action, such as noise making, running, or shooting. Ordinal multinomial regression revealed that age class (

Publication Title Anthrozoos
Volume 22
Issue 1
Pages 77-87
ISBN/ISSN 0892-7936
Publisher Bloomsbury Journals (formerly Berg Journals)
DOI 10.2752/175303708X390491
Language English
Author Address Department of Phychology, University of California, Davis, One Shields Avenue, Davism CA 95616-8686, USA.rgcoss@ucdavis.edu
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  1. Animal roles
  2. Animals
  3. Anthrozoology
  4. Canada
  5. Carnivores
  6. Cats
  7. Commonwealth of Nations
  8. Cougars
  9. Developed countries
  10. Documentation
  11. Effect
  12. Group size
  13. Human diseases and injuries
  14. Humans
  15. Information
  16. Mammals
  17. Mathematics and statistics
  18. Men
  19. Noise
  20. North America
  21. OECD countries
  22. peer-reviewed
  23. Posture
  24. predictions
  25. predictors
  26. prey
  27. Primates
  28. statistical analysis
  29. Techniques
  30. trauma
  31. United States of America
  32. vertebrates
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