In 4 Seconds Until Impact, Bruce Buckshot Benning reveals that over the last three decades, attacks by large predators against humans have been skyrocketing in North America. It is not just a matter of reporting. Attacks by bears, mountain lions, wolves, and coyotes, have become expected, where they used to be rare or denied altogether. (Full disclosure: Hemming cites some of my work in the book.)
Hemming does an excellent job in summarizing the increases in large predator attacks. He offers a commonsense explanation as to why they are happening, why they are under-reported, and how they can be minimized.
I received a review copy of the book shortly after I returned from Australia. I started to read, and couldn’t put it down until I had finished. It took me four hours.
I was fascinated to learn that one of the major reasons there were no “documented” wolf attacks before 1943 is that an early pro-wolf researcher defined a wolf attacks as invalid unless the wolf was captured, tested and found to be free of rabies. There is a serious problem with that approach. Testing for rabies only became widely available in 1943. The definition used in the “research” simply defined any previous wolf attacks out of existence.
The book supports Hemming’s analysis with comprehensive lists of large predator attacks. Be warned: some of the photos are gruesome. 4 Seconds to Impact has much more detail on these attacks than is commonly reported. The author went to considerable effort to collect data and interview people who were attacked.
Particularly interesting is Hemming’s analysis of how many attacks aren’t currently reported. He gives details of how many missing hikers and hunters could have been victims of animal attacks. He explains that many people understand reporting an attack is an invitation to official and unofficial harassment and persecution, especially if the attacking animal was killed.
The book fearlessly avoids political correctness. Hemming offers clear and obvious reasons how and why the hunting of large predators can minimize attacks without endangering sustainable predator populations. The author offers data on the effectiveness of both firearms and pepper spray in stopping attacks and advocates for the use of both.
For anyone who is interested in large predator attacks, or for anyone who is considering how to protect themselves when in the wild, I highly recommend 4 Seconds to Impact.
The book is available at Amazon. $6.99 for Kindle, $18.99 paperback.
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