Daytona Beach, FL - 13 Oct 2006: 'Purple Flag' Shark Warning Issued

Purple flags, indicating that dangerous marine life has been spotted in the water, were flying along beaches in Daytona Beach on Friday, near where a surfer was bitten in the leg earlier this week.

"Hundreds of bait fish were seen in churning up the water and, according to lifeguards, where there are small fish there are also sharks sure to be in the same vicinity," Local 6's Tarik Minor said, prompting lifeguards to warn swimmers not to go in water above their waist and to stay close to shore.

The conditions are expected to persist through the weekend.

Read the full details on the site.

'Pet' wolves attack, kill owner

Pittsburgh, PA - July 18, 2006: A Salem Township woman has been mauled to death by wolf-dog hybrids she kept as pets. "Everybody told her this would happen, but she just wouldn't listen," said a local Humane Society officer familiar with the case. "She was a very likable person, but she was just delusional about their danger, and totally misguided."

Read the story on the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review" web site.

Wolf Attacks Camper In Alaska

Fairbanks - July 12, 2006: A wolf has attacked and bitten a young woman who was walking near a campground on the Dalton Highway, near the Arctic Circle. The woman escaped by hiding in an outhouse, and the wolf was not captured.

Wildlife experts say the attack is quite rare, but not without precedent. We are pleased to provide this link to the original story in the Fairbanks News-Miner.

Elderly Rossmoor(CA) Residents Fear Mountain Lions May Attack

Rossmoor, CA - July 8, 2006: Recent sightings of cougars on the streets of this retirement community near Walnut Creek have residents "scared out of my mind," said one. "Half the people here can't see, the other half can't hear, the rest can't think -- they need to get rid of these things now before something terrible happens."

Read the full story on the San Francisco Chronicle web site.

Bear Attacks New Jersey Golfer

Hardyston, NJ - July 4, 2006 - At 9:45 a.m. on June 29, George Petta was working as a groundskeeper near the 17th hole of the golf course course at Crystal Springs Resort. He turned to see a large bear standing right next to him. Petta was scratched on the face, but was able to return to work later the same day.

Craig Worts, the Crystal Springs Golf Club's superintendent, later said, "Don't go looking for your ball in the woods if you don't have to."

Read the full story on the New Jersey Herald web site.

Coyote Incidents On The Increase In Calgary

Calgary - July 2, 2006: Experts say encounters between humans and coyotes in Calgary parks are becoming more frequent, and they blame people who don't do enough to prevent the animals from becoming habituated.

Calgary Fish and Wildlife officer Ed Pirogowicz urban coyotes are a reality, and he estimates the population within the city around 400.

Read the full story on the Calgary Sun web site.

'Bubbles all that's left' after Florida Gator Nabs Dog

Belle Glade, FL - June 21, 2006: A local man reported that he had been walking his 50-pound dog by the bank of the canal on Southwest 11th Street when an alligator came out of the water and seized his pet.

He estimated the alligator was seven to eight feet long. Interim Police Chief Calipto Gonzalez made it to the scene in time to still see bubbles in the water from the attack.

Despite efforts to capture the alligator, it remains at large. Chief Gonzalex warns parents to be careful and watchful with their children playing near canals. Having attacked once before, he noted there remains a possibility that the alligator may attack again.

The full story is available online at the web site.

Gator Attempts To Invade Home

Hilton Head Island, SC - June 7 2006: A rather polite 6-foot-long alligator pounded on the front door of the Loretta's home and started scaling the wall at the entryway, perhaps to ring the bell. Apparently it had been 'enticed' by the aroma of a chicken barbecue in the back yard.

The family was barbecuing on the screened-in porch behind their home when they first noticed the reptile. It was facing them on the banks of a lagoon, its eyes focused on them and its mouth wide open.

Photo credit to Richard Holinski(Special to the Island Packet.) Read the full story on the Island Packet web site.

Pit Bulls Invade School, Attack Children

San Fernando, CA - 9 June 2006: Two pit bulls invaded a middle school and mauled an 11-year-old girl who had fled into a restroom for safety. "The dogs immediately attacked her," said San Fernando Police Chief Anthony Alba. "She had dog bites all over her body."

The Associated Press story can be read on the Fox News Web site. Thanks to AAF correspondent AFaber for this tip.

Woman Attacks Dog Breeder with Dead Chihuahua

St. Peters, MO - 8 June, 2006: The San Francisco Chronicle carries this odd story about a Missouri woman who became enraged when the Chihuahua puppy she had recently purchased, died. Told by a vet the puppy was only four weeks old, she returned to the breeder's house where the attack occurred.

UPDATE: There is more information available in this St. Louis Post-Dispatch story.

Shark Attacks, Bites 7-Year-Old In Shallow Water

Hilton Head Island, SC - 8 Jun 2006: A young Missouri girl wading near the South Carolina shore suffered foot and buttock wounds when she was attacked by a shark in two feet of water.

The girl was not seriously injured, and is expected to recover. The South Carolina shore typically sees three attacks a year.

Read the Fox News report here. Thanks to AAF Correspondent AFaber for this tip.

Boa Attacks, Eats Kangaroo

Not much is known, but there are more pictures at the
Laurel-travel site (in Russian).

Thanks to AAF Correspondent EJO'B for this link.


Bears Attack, Eat Monkey

Amsterdam - May 15, 2006: Sloth bears at the Beekse Bergen Safari Park in Holland treed a Barbary Macaque (a monkey sometimes referred to as a Barbary Ape) and then ate it in front of horrified zoo-goers on Sunday, May 14.

A zoo statement confirmed the incident. "In an area where Sloth bears, great apes and Barbary macaques have coexisted peacefully for a long time, the harmony was temporarily disturbed during opening hours on Sunday."

Apparently several Sloth bears chased the Barbary macaque into an electric fence, where it was stunned. It then fled onto a wooden structure, where one bear pursued and mauled it to death. Other bears then consumed the simian.

Read more from the AP story here, or from the UK's satirical Web site The Register, here.

Alligator Invades Florida Home

Bradenton, FL -- May 17, 2006: Candy Frey, 48, of Bradenton, on Saturday, May 13, shot a three-foot alligator that had entered her home and attacked her golden retriever. Frey, a former U.S. Marine, told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. "I just freaked out and shot him — boom, boom, boom, boom." The alligator was not killed, and was released into a nearby lake.

Read the AP story here.

Alligator Attacks Plague Florida

Miami - May 14, 2006: Two women have been reported killed by alligators in Florida, less than a week after another female was reportedly stalked and killed by an alligator while jogging [see story below].

One victim, 23 years old, appears to have been killed near the isolated cabin she was staying in, near Lake George (about 50 miles from Gainesville.) She may have been snorkeling in the lake.

A second victim, 43, was found in a dead in a canal near St. Petersburg. The body had "suffered animal bites" consistent with alligator marks, but investigators were not prepared to state a cause of death.

Read the full AP story on the San Jose Mercury Web site.

In a related development, investigators have trapped and killed the alligator believed responsible for the first killing [again, see the story below], and have found human arms in the animal's belly. The story is on the St. Petersburg Times Web site.

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