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'The Bear Wouldn't Show Her No Mercy'

But the 51-year-old woman still survived

(Newser) - A woman survived a mauling by a bear by repeatedly punching the animal and crawling into a bush as her Chihuahua-mix distracted the beast, the AP reports. Melinda LeBarron has broken bones, cuts and bruises and multiple bites after the attack outside her home in rural Pennsylvania on Wednesday evening,... More »

Monk Meditates in Tiger Reserve, Gets Killed by Leopard

Not a great choice of locale

(Newser) - A Buddhist monk’s monthlong forest meditation was interrupted in a most horrid way Wednesday in India. Rahul Walke, 35, was meditating under a tree in Maharashtra’s Ramdegi forest, home to a Buddhist temple and a protected tiger reserve, when a leopard attacked, reports the Times of India . A... More »

US Tourist Attacked by Irate Hippo in Zimbabwe

Local media insinuate she was reckless; her husband, mother-in-law push back on that

(Newser) - A tour company offering expeditions down Zimbabwe's Zambezi River is called Wild Horizons, but one Florida woman's canoe adventure turned a bit too wild. The Tampa Bay Times reports that Kristen Yaldor remains in intensive care in a South African hospital after she was attacked on the river... More »

Australia Hit by Yet Another Beach Tragedy

Swimmer dies of heart attack after being stung by stingray

(Newser) - A swimmer in Australia has died of a heart attack after he was stung by a stingray, reports the AP . Police say the 42-year-old man went into cardiac arrest on Saturday at Lauderdale Beach, east of Hobart in Tasmania, after he suffered a puncture wound close to shore. "He... More »

She Tried to Get a Photo of the Elephant. It Killed Her

Tourist loses her life in Zimbabwe's Mana Pools National Park

(Newser) - A female tourist in Zimbabwe lost her life while trying to get a photo of an elephant. The BBC reports the German woman was among a group of vacationers who spotted a herd of elephants entering Mana Pools National Park on Wednesday. The unnamed 49-year-old was trampled by one of... More »

Body of Missing Field Guide Found After Bear Attack

Mark Uptain of Jackson Hole was helping a Florida man hunt elk in Wyoming

(Newser) - The body of a Wyoming field guide who was mauled by a bear while hunting elk has been found. Per USA Today , 37-year-old Mark Uptain and his client, Corey Chubon, shot an elk Thursday in Teton Wilderness but were initially unable to find the animal. When they returned to the... More »

'Unprecedented Event': Oregon Hiker Likely Killed by Cougar

It's the first fatal attack by a wild cougar in the state

(Newser) - Authorities say a dead hiker whose body was recovered this week was likely killed by a cougar, marking the first fatal attack by a wild cougar in Oregon and the second in the Pacific Northwest this year. Search and rescue teams found the body of Diana Bober, 55, on Monday... More »

US Scientist, Young Son Trampled by Giraffe

Both in 'critical but stable condition' in South Africa

(Newser) - An American scientist and her 3-year-old son are in critical condition after they were attacked by a giraffe near their home in South Africa. Katy Williams, 35, and her 3-year-old son Finn were 450 feet from their home in Blyde Wildlife Estate near the town of Hoedspruit when they surprised... More »

Woman Dies Trying to Save Dog From Alligator in SC

Cassandra Cline, 45, was a Hilton Head resident

(Newser) - An extremely rare alligator attack claimed the life of a 45-year-old South Carolina woman Monday. The Island Packet reports Cassandra Cline of Hilton Head Island was walking her dog in a residential area of the private Sea Pines Resort she lived in around 9:30am when the attack occurred. "... More »

She Was Relaxing in Hawaiian Waters. Then, 'Blood Everywhere'

Experts think Kristen Porter was bitten in Waikiki by a moray eel

(Newser) - On one side of the US, beachgoers have been contending with shark attacks ; on the other side, at least one tourist has had a confrontation with what appears to have been an eel. Maryland resident Kristen Porter was vacationing in Waikiki, and on Sunday she was kicking back in a... More »

They Left the Funeral and Picked Up Their Knives

Indonesian villagers reportedly slaughter crocodiles in act of revenge

(Newser) - They allegedly left the funeral and grabbed their knives and clubs, determined to exact revenge for a man's death. A slaughter followed. The BBC reports each of the 292 crocodiles that lived at a crocodile sanctuary in West Papua, Indonesia, were killed on Saturday, and it's possible the... More »

Dad Dies Protecting Kids From Polar Bear

Nunavut man encountered animal while gathering eggs

(Newser) - The first person killed by a polar bear in Canada's Nunavut territory for 18 years is being hailed as a hero. Aaron Gibbons, 31, put himself between the bear and his three young children when he encountered the animal on Sentry Island, around six miles from the Hudson Bay... More »

'Absolutely Never Do That': Man Goes After Black Bear

It had attacked the man's dog, which jumped out of a car window

(Newser) - "Our message is: Absolutely never do that." That's what Canada's Jasper National Park is trying to communicate loud and clear. The "that" it's referring to is a May 16 incident in which a man jumped onto a black bear in an attempt to rescue... More »

Forest Ranger Foolishly Decides to Pose With Python

India ranger Sanjoy Dutta nearly got strangled

(Newser) - India has racked up the most "deaths by selfie," researchers say, and one forest ranger almost joined that statistic. Gulf News and the Tribune report on a recent close call in the West Bengal city of Jalpaiguri, where ranger Sanjoy Dutta showed off to a crowd the 18-foot... More »

She Got Within 30 Feet of a Bison, Foolishly

It's the third animal attack in Yellowstone in June

(Newser) - Nature is wonderful—from a safe distance. That's perhaps the lesson for a 59-year-old California woman who was gored by a bison in Yellowstone on Wednesday. Per a press release from the National Park Service, Kim Hancock of Santa Rosa was on a boardwalk with a group of people... More »

He Was Baptizing Dozens. Then, an 'Ambush Predator'

Crocodile kills pastor performing ceremony at Ethiopia's Lake Abaya

(Newser) - Some 80 people set to be baptized at a lake in southern Ethiopia instead watched as their pastor was killed by a crocodile Sunday. Pastor Docho Eshete had baptized one person on the shores of Lake Abaya near Arba Minch and was about to perform the religious rite for a... More »

Yellowstone Visitor Hospitalized After Elk Attack

It was park's 2nd attack in 3 days

(Newser) - For the second time in three days, an elk has attacked someone in Yellowstone National Park. The National Park Service says a female elk with a calf attacked 53-year-old park visitor Penny Allyson Behr behind the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel on Tuesday, the AP reports. Yellowstone officials say the elk... More »

Owner on the Hook After Her Husky's 'Killing Spree'

Dog killed rabbits, ducks, chickens, a beloved goose in Utah

(Newser) - A Utah woman is facing nearly 30 misdemeanor counts after her 4-year-old husky went on an animal "killing spree." Mackenzie Morton says she found a few dead chickens in a neighbor's yard in Tooele after her dog went missing from her boyfriend's house after dark on... More »

Cougar Survivor Was 'So Worried About My Friend'

911 calls show Washington man's despair after fatal attack, struggle to determine his location

(Newser) - Recordings of emergency calls after a fatal cougar attack in Washington state last weekend detail how dispatchers calmly struggled to figure out exactly where the surviving victim was—and heard how worried he was about his friend. Isaac Sederbaum, 31, of Seattle was mountain biking with SJ Brooks, 32, also... More »

A Week After Starting 'Dream Job,' a Bear Attack

Amber Kornak's quick thinking helped her survive mauling in the mountains of Montana

(Newser) - On May 11, Amber Kornak posted her new job on Facebook—a "dream job" with the US Fish and Wildlife Service that involved working with grizzly bears, People notes. But less than a week later, the 28-year-old was mauled by a bear in Montana, though her quick thinking helped... More »

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