Sunday, June 27, 2004


Getting back at those horrible people:

The "animal threat": For all of America's vigilance against terrorists, danger does not always come on two legs. The threat posed by beavers, woodchucks, deer, blackbirds and other seemingly benign critters has come under federal investigation. A study ordered by Congress amounts to a compendium of dangers from the feathered, the four-legged and the no-legged:
27,000 injuries a year from rodents.
$1 billion in damage a year from cars hitting deer.
15 deaths a year from snake bites.
6,000 collisions between birds and airplanes in 2000. Starlings are known as ``feathered bullets'' because they can cause so much trouble.
$70 million in annual livestock losses from predators, mainly coyotes.

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