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9-Year-Old Killed While Checking Mail

2 questioned after suspected dog mauling in Arkansas

(Newser) - A 9-year-old boy went to check the mail at his home in Mount Vernon, Ark., on Thursday but failed to return, shortly before authorities made a horrifying discovery. The body of the boy, apparently mauled by dogs, was found not far from the home in a field, according to the... More »

Grizzly Attacks Montana Mountain Biker

Man is in critical but stable condition

(Newser) - A mountain biker was attacked by a grizzly bear Monday near the southern Montana community of Big Sky, according to authorities. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesperson Morgan Jacobsen told the Billings Gazette that the man was able to walk away and find help. He was airlifted to a hospital... More »

2 Days After Reopening, a Bison Attack at Yellowstone

Woman 'knocked to the ground' when she got too close

(Newser) - Yellowstone National Park had been shut down for almost two months as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, so naturally people were excited to flock back there when it partially reopened Monday. The animals there—maybe not so much. Officials report that on Wednesday, a female visitor to the park... More »

Woman Killed by Her Own French Bulldog

The animal had reportedly been bred to fight

(Newser) - A dog that had reportedly been bred to fight killed its Illinois owner on Saturday. WGN reports Lisa Urso, 52, had only recently adopted the French bulldog—and that the animal had last month attacked her boyfriend. The dog was apparently taken by authorities after that attack, and Urso subsequently... More »

Woman Killed After Petting an Alligator

Said 'I guess I won't do this again' before getting pulled back down by gator

(Newser) - A woman attacked and killed by an alligator in a gated community in South Carolina was visiting the homeowner to do her nails and was trying to touch the animal when it grabbed her, reports the AP . After briefly getting away from the alligator Friday, Cynthia Covert, 58, stood in... More »

He Defied Lockdown to Go Fishing. A Croc Got Him

Man didn't heed 2-week shutdown in Rwanda

(Newser) - Here's an incentive to stay home: A Rwandan man who breached a nationwide lockdown to go fishing was subsequently killed by a crocodile. The man was fishing in the Nyabarongo River Wednesday morning when the crocodile attacked, Alice Kayitesi, mayor of the southern Kamonyi district, tells the BBC . Kayitesi... More »

Cougar Had Already Attacked When It 'Lunged at Lady Deputy'

Colorado victims suffered non-life-threatening injuries; animal was killed

(Newser) - A mountain lion attacked a Colorado resident and then a sheriff's deputy before it was shot dead Wednesday afternoon. The initial attack was reported around 1:50pm in a remote area west of Loveland, which is 45 miles north of Denver, per NBC News . Representatives of the Larimer County... More »

Lions Eat Teen in Safari Park

Pakistan teen had gone out to cut grass for cattle fodder

(Newser) - A teenager in Pakistan who went out to cut grass for cattle fodder ended up being eaten by lions in a safari park, authorities say. The remains of 17-year-old Muhammed Bilal were found Wednesday in the lion enclosure at Lahore Safari, the BBC reports. The teen, who lived in a... More »

Cougar Emerges From Bushes, Attacks 6-Year-Old

Girl escapes mauling with minor injuries after an adult started punching the big cat

(Newser) - A 6-year-old girl is recovering from minor injuries after a mountain lion (also known as a cougar or puma) attacked her in a California nature preserve. KGO reports that the child was walking with her parents, four other adults, and four other children around 10am Sunday in the Rancho San... More »

Cougar Was Dragging Boy by the Neck. Then, a Distraction

Animal, found with backpack hurled by father, is euthanized

(Newser) - A 3-year-old boy is recovering in Southern California after a mountain lion bit him on the neck. The boy was leading his family—two adults and three other children—on a walk through Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park in Lake Forest around 4pm Monday when the cougar appeared, seized the boy... More »

After Attack on Son, Dad Kills Coyote With His Bare Hands

'It was very much the aggressor,' NH father says

(Newser) - A New Hampshire father took his family for a hike on Monday and ended up killing an apparently rabid coyote with his bare hands. Police say Ian O'Reilly went into "protection mode and suffocated the coyote until it succumbed" after the animal attacked his 2-year-old son on a... More »

Dog Attack May Have Revealed Dogfighting Ring

Deputies found 14 dogs at the South Carolina property where woman was mauled

(Newser) - A 71-year-old woman was helping to take care of a family member's 14 dogs when one of them attacked her—and in investigating the mauling, police think they've uncovered an illegal dogfighting ring. Deputies responded Saturday to a 911 call from the York County, SC, property and found... More »

Boy, 5, Attacked by Coyote—in Chicago

The child was outside a nature museum in Lincoln Park; man was attacked hours later

(Newser) - A 5-year-old boy was attacked by a coyote Wednesday—in Chicago. The boy was outside the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, which is in the city's Lincoln Park, when the animal bit him "multiple times," including on the head, per police. He was taken to Lurie Children's... More »

She Was Getting Mauled by a Dog. He Grabbed a Toy Soldier

88-year-old Leonard Miller saves young neighbor in Ohio with plastic Christmas decoration

(Newser) - A young girl in Ohio is alive thanks to a quick-thinking man next door and a plastic Christmas decoration. Leonard Miller says he was in his Perry Township home Sunday when his 13-year-old neighbor started banging on his door, yelling that her 10-year-old sister was being attacked by a pit... More »

Sheriff: Deadly Hog Attack One of the 'Worst Things I've Seen'

Woman was killed outside Texas home

(Newser) - Authorities say feral hogs attacked and killed a woman outside a southeast Texas home where she worked as a caretaker. Christine Rollins cared for an elderly couple at their home in the small town of Anahuac. Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne said Monday the 84-year-old woman she cared for was... More »

Pregnant Woman Killed by Dogs During Hunt

French woman told her husband she was worried about 'threatening dogs'

(Newser) - Authorities in France are testing 93 dogs to determine which of them attacked and killed a pregnant woman. Prosecutor Frederic Trinh says the 29-year-old woman died from "bleeding after several dog bites to the upper and lower limbs and the head" after she was attacked Saturday in forest land... More »

He Returned From Jail to Find Wife's Mutilated Body

Ohio's Mary Matthews likely killed by her Great Danes

(Newser) - A man was released from jail Friday, only to find his wife had been killed the same day, likely by her own dogs, according to Ohio police. Dale Matthews says he called his son to pick him up from Warren County Jail, where he was held on a warrant for... More »

Screams as Circus Bear Attacks Its Trainer

Performance was taking place in Olonets, Russia

(Newser) - Spectators at a Russian circus performance got more than they bargained for this week when a bear abruptly attacked its trainer during the show. NBC News and the AP report the incident took place in Olonets on Wednesday, during what appeared to be a calm scene up until the moment... More »

Elk Goes Wild in Colorado Town

A supervisor at Estes Park rushes to the scene

(Newser) - A male elk in mating season is nothing to mess with—as two people learned after getting too close to one Thursday in Colorado, NBC News reports. Bystander video shows an elk throwing a woman down and attacking her in Estes Park as people nearby scramble to safety, including a... More »

Video Captures Girl's Narrow Escape From Coyote

It charged at her in Chicago-area front yard

(Newser) - After 5-year-old Christine came running inside with what her mom calls a "wild story" about being chased by a coyote, the Chicago-area girl's parents checked surveillance video and discovered that she had survived a terrifying close call, ABC News reports. Video of the encounter shows Christine, who had... More »

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