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    Fatal wolf attack unnerves Alaska village

    Fatal wolf attack unnerves Alaska village
    Teacher's mauling was only second such fatal attack in North America


    Alaska kills 'killer' wolves
    March 17: Alaska wildlife officers shoot the wolves that were believed to have been involved in a rare fatal attack on a jogger. KTUU's Ashton Goodell reports.

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    updated 5:57 p.m. CT, Wed., March. 17, 2010

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - In a small southwest Alaska village where natives have forever lived side-by-side with wild animals, the fatal mauling of a schoolteacher by wolves has shattered an uneasy co-existence.

    Now, villagers in Chignik Lake say, parents are keeping an extra-close eye on their children and residents make sure to take their rifles and guns when they venture outdoors.

    “It’s scary. People are afraid,” said Virginia Aleck, 66, a village elder. “It’s just something we’re just going to have to adjust to, but the sense of trust with a wild animal is totally going to be different.”
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    The death of 32-year-old Candice Berner stunned not only the village of a few dozen residents but also wildlife officials, who say wolf attacks are very, very rare — and fatal attacks, even more so.

    Officials say Berner, a special education teacher who moved to Alaska last summer, was set on by at least two wolves while out for a late-afternoon jog on a road outside Chignik Lake, a fishing village on the Alaska Peninsula, about 475 miles southwest of Anchorage.

    On Monday, state biologists tracked and shot two of the wolves that they believe were responsible.

    “Based on statements of eyewitness observers, observations made at the location of Candice Berner's death, physical characteristics of the two wolves killed, and the proximity of the two wolves to the location of Candice Berner's death, I conclude that it is highly likely that these wolves killed Candice Berner,” state Fish and Game biologist Lem Butler said.

    The animals were to be forensically examined to determine conclusively if their teeth match the bite marks found on Berner's body. Officials also plan to compare DNA samples.

    Rare fatality
    It was the first fatal wolf attack in Alaska, and only the second documented case of a wild wolf killing a human in North America. There are an estimated 60,000 to 70,000 wolves in North America, including 7,700 to 11,200 in Alaska.

    In the only other documented fatality, a pack of wolves killed Kenton Joel, a 22-year-old Ontario engineering student, in the woods of northern Saskatchewan on Nov. 8, 2005. Carnegie had gone for an afternoon hike and didn’t return to the surveyors camp where he was working. Authorities said at the time that wolves were drawn to the remote area because people had been leaving garbage in open dumps.

    Although no one witnessed the 2005 attack, searchers and local officials heard wolves howling and saw their glowing eyes in the dark when they went to retrieve the body, which was surrounded by wolf tracks in the snow. Bite marks from wolves were also identified on his remains.

    Becoming habituated?
    David Mech, a senior research scientist for the U.S. Geological Survey who has studied wolves full-time for more than five decades, said there have been about two dozen nonfatal attacks in North America in the past century or so. Most involve wolves that had become habituated to people who have been feeding them at campgrounds, dumps and other sites near wolf habitat, he said.

    But there are also documented cases in India of wolves snatching away children and eating them, he told msnbc.com.

    Wolves are members of the meat-eating canine family that includes coyotes, foxes and even the domesticated dog, which is believed to have descended from the wolf. Biologists don't know for sure what triggered the attack on Berner but say it could be a combination of opportunity, hunger and instinct.

    Mech said Berner's relatively slight build and the fact that she was running may also have made her a target of prey.

    "Wolves are very much like dogs in a lot of respects. Things that are running, they have tendency to want to chase them," he said.

    Mech's advice: Never feed wolves and don't let them become habituated to humans. If confronted by a wolf, don't run. Rather, face the animal, make yourself appear as large as possible, yell, wave your arms, throws stones or other objects and resist any attack.

    Sense of uneasiness
    In Chignik Lake, those who grew up in the village remember legends warning children to never look in the eye of a wolf and never speak of the "evil" that possessed them.

    "I've heard elders say that wolves are like people. They're very intelligent, and they will work at getting their food," said Orville Lind with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, who grew up in Chignik Lake.

    "Wolves will take advantage of any opportunity they are presented with," Butler told KTUU-TV. "They do come into towns frequently, and we hear about sightings of wolves in communities throughout this area each winter."

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    Since the killing, village life has changed. Residents are afraid to walk alone, and rifles now ride shotgun in vehicles.

    Chignik Lake's school mascot is the wolf, and Aleck is spearheading a campaign to change it. "We need a new mascot for the village. I can't go on cheering for something who did this to another human," she said in a telephone interview.

    Villagers have also taken down a stuffed wolf that had been in the school lobby.

    "We feel like we're trapped. The hills around us, they don’t look safe anymore to the people in the village," Aleck said.

    "There's still more wolves out there and I don't think this village will ever be the same again."

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    Thanks for posting, sorry this had to happen, but apparently everyone else is getting armed so they are not next.

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    There are many reasons the wolf may have attacked. It's a shame it happened.

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    There was a time when people who endangered the community by failing to ensure that wolves were unwelcome would be ostracized by their community, not anymore...

    Now you are more likely to be ostracized for pointing out that the famous "Chief Seattle" oration read by every American schoolchild was a wholesale fabrication written in the 1970's for an environmental film.

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    Certainly a sad turn of events, but, anyone jogging out in the Alaskan wilderness unarmed is foolish...I lived there for 7 years. Even a venture outside Anchorage...out into the backcountry...required a weapon of sizable caliber to ensure proper saftey.IMHO
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    This irritates me...blame the wolf for being a wolf, thats wrong. The wolf has always been a wolf, the people...they are the ones who do not belong. I'm sorry for the woman, but if you want to live in the wild...be prepared.
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    In the Aleutians, they're in the middle of the wilds alright. If they're going to take it well, it would be in such a place. Though, it can't be easy. No death is.

    It's interesting that there have only been two fatal wolf attacks. The legends, of course, suggest far more than that, but I wasn't aware it was so very low.

    Here's an aerial photo of the area, looking down on Chignik Lake:


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    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
    It's interesting that there have only been two fatal wolf attacks. The legends, of course, suggest far more than that, but I wasn't aware it was so very low.
    That's in North America. Keep in mind that arms were usually reserved for the nobility in Europe. Wolves were only afraid of groups of men on horseback, they had no fear of villagers at all and children were as often the target of their depredations as livestock. Even grown men on foot in small groups were sometimes preyed upon. The fact that even common men were armed is considered a key factor in why wolves have historically kept their distance from people here in the U.S. and Canada.

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    Quote Originally Posted by socal2310 View Post
    That's in North America.
    Right. That's what the reported statistic was, above.
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    Quote Originally Posted by socal2310 View Post
    There was a time when people who endangered the community by failing to ensure that wolves were unwelcome would be ostracized by their community, not anymore...

    Now you are more likely to be ostracized for pointing out that the famous "Chief Seattle" oration read by every American schoolchild was a wholesale fabrication written in the 1970's for an environmental film.

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    I am not familiar with that oration. Do you have a link to that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cbp210 View Post
    I am not familiar with that oration. Do you have a link to that?
    Here is a summary of the issue of Chief Seattle and controversy over a speech he was to have given in 1854, including the massaging of the words over the course of 150 years of political correctness: The Myth of Chief Seattle, by Wm. Abruzzi.

    Controversy over purported Chief Seattle 1854 speech: Google search (+"chief seattle" +1854 +land +speech)

    Or, the PDF results of that search, only: Google search, PDF. (+"chief seattle" +1854 +land +speech +filetype:PDF)


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    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
    Controversy over purported Chief Seattle 1854 speech: Google search (+"chief seattle" +1854 +land +speech)
    Very interesting thanks.

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    I'm not worried about the wolves as much as the mentality shown after...The woman was careless and gambled, and the house called her on it. What worries me is more and more of this kind of psychological profile being seen prolific in our society:
    Chignik Lake's school mascot is the wolf, and Aleck is spearheading a campaign to change it. "We need a new mascot for the village. I can't go on cheering for something who did this to another human," she said in a telephone interview.
    Make no mistake...this is the same type of person that would see a news article about one human shooting another human and instantly vote for all firearms to be banned.
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    I do not have to be afraid of animals because they can tell that I am nice and that I love them and that I want to help them and be their friends, unlike most men. We are all equal upon the Earth and we must share its surface and space together for the better, and they won't make me gory if I invade their territory.

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    It think that this so-called Chief Seattle speech, that was made without a stenographer or a recording device, has been proven to be a fabricated hoax of PC made up stuff; kept going because of gutless nutless PC goofs who don't care about the unpleasant truth that they cannot use.

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