The Perils of the Wild, Coming Closer to Home

April 24, 2007 - DC, VA, MD: Foxes in the SuburbsWashington Post

Deadly wolf attacks remain rare in North America

January 18, 2007 - Yakima WA: Carnegie is believed to be the first person killed by healthy wolves in the wild in North America.

Yakima Herald Republic Online

Wild Fox Attacks New Kensington Woman

January 17, 2007 - New Kensington, PA: A New Kensington woman left her home to visit a neighbor Saturday and was attacked by a wild fox. kdka.com

The Fox and The Shark

January 17, 2007 - Chatanooga TN: Review of a new book by shark attack survivor/naturalist Rodney Fox called Shark Man

The Pulse, Chatanooga

Leopard on prowl

January 14, 2007 - Islamabad, India:

A third girl was killed by a leopard in Chattrugul in Achabal Halkha area of Islamabad district Saturday night Greater Kashmir Online Edition

Lemur attack puts focus on exotic pets

January 13, 2007 - French Settlement LA:

Boy escapes major injury from a ringtail lemur attack that could have been much worse, several experts said. The Advocate

Beast at Large: Wolf attacks bring fear to villagers

January 12, 2007 - Armenia:

The 30-year-old man was bitten as he went out to investigage his dog’s anxious barking on January 9th. After wounding Artur, the wolf attacked 55-year-old Armida Grigoryan, another resident of the village, and her son, who had responded to his mother’s screams. ArmeniaNow.com

Leopard kills 7-year old girl in Anantnag

Srinagar, January 12, 2007

Police said the leopard suddenly appeared outside the house of one Mohammad Yousuf Shaikh in the village, and attacked his daughter Beauty Jan. Hindustan Times

Woman attacked by rabid raccoon

January 9, 2007 - Enfield CT:

There have been five Raccoon attacks in the past two weeks in Connecticut, three in Enfield and two in Manchester. wtnh.com

70 incidents of man-animal conflict in ‘06

January 11, 2007 - Srinagar:

Wild animals devoured over a dozen people in 70 incidents of man-animal conflict
Greater Kashmir Online

14-foot Python Attacks Handler During Show

Tarpon Springs FL - December 31, 2006

A snake handler injured her hand when a 14-foot Burmese python attacked her during a presentation at an aquarium, forcing a police officer to zap the serpent with a Taser stun gun.

Minneapolis, MN - 27 December 2006: Coyotes a growing problem in populated areas

The coyotes started to bother Craig Kronbeck when one of the snarling predators threatened his beagle puppy only a few feet away from him in his yard.
West Central Tribune Online

Ft. Lauderdale, FL - 27 December 2006: Swarm of bees attacks two teens, firefighters and dog

Bees stormed two teens and a dog in Fort Lauderdale, but it's unclear whether they are the feared, aggressive Africanized variety.

Miami Herald

Cincinnati, OH - 16 Dec 2006: 13 Foot Boa Strangles Owner

Boa owner Ted Dres, of Cincinnati, was crushed Saturday by a pet snake he had owned for 11 years. The snake was still strangling the 48-year-old Dres when rescuers entered his home. According to the victim's mother, Elaine,

"He had a special cage built for his python. He was going into the cage and I don't know if he slipped or what, but he fell as he was reaching for the snake,'' Mrs Dres said.

"The snake sensed that Ted was dazed and wrapped itself around him.

"If Ted hadn't fallen this wouldn't have happened."

She also indicated that "I couldn't have the snake put down, Ted wouldn't want that. Even though it killed him, Ted wouldn't want it harmed."

Read more in the Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald and in this Fox News story.

Lakeland, FL - 30 Nov 2006: Alligator Attacks Man, Rips Off Arm

Adrian J. Apgar, a 45-year-old Lakeland, Florida man, lost part of his left arm when an alligator attacked him Wednesday.

He was rescued by sheriff's deputies who responded to reports of a screaming man. They jumped into muddy water and literally pulled him from the reptile's jaws.

Billy Osborne, a deputy, heard a voice and the sounds of the alligator thrashing around in the water. Osborne grabbed onto the man's arm and tried to pull him free.

"We were pretty much playing tug-of-war," Osborne, 26, said.

The 11'8" alligator was caught. The incident occurred at about 4 AM, according to Polk County officials.

Much of the victim's left arm was amputated. The attack also broke his right arm, and he suffered significant bites out of his buttocks and the back of a thigh. He underwent surgery Wednesday and was in critical condition, sheriff's officials said.

"We don't know whether he'll make it or not," said Polk Sheriff Grady Judd. According to wire reports, the man admitted to 'using drugs', which might explain why he waded, naked, into a gator-infested pond in the middle of the night.

CBS4.com has a video report. For their full report click here. You may also read about this story on Tampabay Live, and in this report, reprinted in the Kansas City Star. This site (TBO.COM) has a recording of the original 911 call.

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