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Census Workers Have Been Attacked By Animals 24 Times, Assaulted 88 Times

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Census Spokeswoman Shelly Lowe tells us in an email that the jump "is due in part to an increase in households and a more rigorous tracking system."

Here's the breakdown of the 409 incidents so far:

* In 10 cases the Census worker was robbed, carjacked, or held against his or her will.

* In 13 cases shots were fired.

* There were 24 animal attacks or threats.

* There were 101 verbal assaults or threats.

* In 132 cases a weapon was pulled or use of a weapon was threatened.

* There were 88 physical assaults.

As the *Post* [reports](http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/19/AR2010061901896_pf.html), some of these incidents can be attributed to anti-government sentiment:

Sherri Chesney, 46, said she was cursed and spat at during follow-up visits in Houston. One day, she encountered a woman working in her garden. Chesney showed her census badge, she said, prompting the woman to launch into a tirade: "I don't need the blankety-blank government snooping in my business." Then she threw a metal patio table at Chesney, who escaped injury by ducking.