Wolves Kill Alaska Teacher; First in US in Modern Times

No fatal wolf attacks have been reported in last 100 years
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2010 10:55 AM CST
Wolves Kill Alaska Teacher; First in US in Modern Times
A black wolf in Alaska.   (AP Photo/Steve Quinn)

Wolves attacked and killed a 32-year-old teacher in Alaska in what the Los Angeles Times calls the first such fatal attack in the US in modern times. At least four attacked the 32-year-old special-ed teacher as she jogged alone in the evening while listening to her iPod. No one saw the attack, but wolves are the only predatory animal in the area, and wolf prints surrounded the body. Troopers ruled out the possibility that she died from other causes, then got dragged off.

""They've been getting too close, circling, making people fearful for their safety," says a state trooper of the wolves. No fatal wolf attacks have been registered in the US in the last 100 years. Adds a resident of Chignik Lake: "They come in at nighttime, not very far from the village, and they're just kind of watching. They're waiting for somebody else to go out again, I guess." (More wolves stories.)

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