Centerville, MA - 30 Dec 2004: Raccoon Attacks Pet Cat, Injures Owner

The raccoon invaded the woman's porch and attacked. Animal control officers suspect the animal is rabid. TownOnline.com link.

Orange County, FL - 29 Dec 2004: Neighbor's Pet Dog Saves Boy, 7, From Pit Bull Attack

The boy and the rescuing dog were mauled but will recover. WFTV.com link.

Maple Ridge, British Columbia - 29 Dec 2004: Rottweiler, Collie Invade Bedroom, Kill Sleeping 3 Year Old Boy

The family discovered their son dead in his bed of massive head injuries. UPI link.

The Mounties (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) plan to attend the autopsy and may seek charges. Edmonton Sun link.

Benton Harbor, MI - 29 Dec 2004: Wild Dogs Attack, Kill Goats

Three mixed-breed dogs killed 11 goats in this southwest Michigan county. South Bend Tribune link.

Billings, MT - 29 Dec 2004: 13 Grizzlies Killed in 2004 After Menacing Humans

A total of 31 grizzly bear deaths were recorded by state and federal scientists this year. WBOC-TV link.

Bozeman, MT - 29 Dec 2004: Wolf Attacks On Livestock Increase

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports that wolf/livestock incidents have more than doubled between 2003 and 2004. They are running at more than triple the rate the federal government predicted ten years ago, when the wolf repopulation program was expanded. Link.

Toronto - 27 Dec 2004: The Year In Canadian Dog Attacks

The Canadian Press year-end review of dog attack news across the country. Link.

Recife, Brazil - 27 Dec 2004: The Beach Where Sharks Attack

The BBC reports on the urban beaches of Recife, where an engineering project may have altered bull shark habitats in a way that encourages attack behavior. Link.

Detroit - 23 Dec 2004: Pit Bull Attacks 7 Year Old

The boy was protecting his younger brother when the dog attacked. Link.

Karlstad, MN - 23 Dec 2004: Mountain Lion Tracked Moving East

A South Dakota State University professor who has been following the movements of the radio-tagged animal says that while it's rare for a cougar to attack a human, he cautions people to be careful. WCCO-TV link.

Belmont, MA - 23 Dec 2004: Coyotes May Attack Pets, Boston Suburb Warned

The town animal control officer warns that coyotes become territorial and more aggressive during the January/February breeding season and may attack small pets. Belmont Citizen-Herald link.

Barnstable, MA - 22 Dec 2004: Raccoon Attacks Family, Rabies Confirmed

The animal control officer in this Cape Cod town said that 42 out of 157 animals tested since June 2004 were rabid. Barnstable Patriot Link.

Tuscon - 22 Dec 2004: Pima County Records Over 2200 Dog Bites A Year

Annual Pima County statistics since 1998 indicate dog bites outnumber other animal bites by about 4 to 1. Tuscon Citizen link.

Marshall, NC - 22 Dec 2004: Coyote Attacks Dogs, Tests Positive For Rabies

A state lab confirmed this week that the animal that attacked neighborhood dogs did have rabies. According to state statistics, the rabies case is the first in North Carolina this year involving a coyote. Asheville Citizen-Times link.

Theni, India : - 22 Dec 2004: Leopard Mauls Couple In Forest

The couple were rescued by villagers who took them to hospital. Link.

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