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February 1, 1989 | BETTINA BOXALL and MILES CORWIN, Times Staff Writers
The search continued Tuesday for the missing companion of a young woman killed in a shark attack last week, while news of the UCLA graduate student's violent death stunned classmates and faculty members on the Westwood campus. Members of Roy Jeffrey Stoddard's family were arriving at his Malibu home, still hopeful that he would be found alive, even though it has been more than five days since he set out from Malibu on a short morning kayaking excursion with his girlfriend, Tamara McAllister.
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November 25, 2010 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
When UCLA neuroscientist J. David Jentsch was a grad student, he never expected his life as an academic would require around-the-clock armed guards, or a closed-circuit TV inside his bedroom so he could keep constant watch over his home. But the high-powered security proved necessary again this month when the researcher, who experiments on monkeys, opened a letter left in his mailbox to discover razor blades and a death threat. "We follow you on campus," Jentsch recalled the note reading.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2000
A 6-week-old girl died Saturday night after she was mauled by the family's dog, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The attack occurred in the girl's home in the 15500 block of Fellowship Street in Valinda, an unincorporated area between La Puente and West Covina, Deputy Cruz Solis said. An uncle baby-sitting the newborn left the child on a bed unattended while he went to the kitchen to prepare a bottle for her, Solis said.
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December 17, 2009 | By Robert J. Lopez
A wild boar that reportedly chased people and smashed into a wrought-iron fence in Loma Linda on Wednesday was captured and will have to be euthanized, officials said. The boar was spotted roaming a residential neighborhood about 8 a.m. and was finally corralled and sedated by animal control officers, who summoned state Department of Fish and Game officials. "People don't understand how strong animals are. This one was amazing" said Mike McBride, an assistant chief in the department.
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July 21, 1991 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Five years ago, Laura Small, a bright and friendly preschooler looking for tadpoles in Caspers Wilderness Park, was attacked by a mountain lion, her skull crushed by the feline's powerful jaw. A hiker grabbed a stick and poked the cat in the eyes until it dropped the 5-year-old El Toro girl and fled. Laura, now 10, survived the mauling, but was blinded in one eye, partially paralyzed, and left to cope with an assortment of painful physical and emotional scars.
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October 25, 1995 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Responding to complaints that coyotes have been sighted near a West Hills elementary school, Los Angeles City Councilwoman Laura Chick has asked animal regulation officials to depart from standard policy and begin trapping in the neighborhood. Chick was instrumental in formulating the city's policy adopted last year that allows for trapping only as a last resort, after residents have tried all other deterrents, such as installing fences and keeping pets and pet food indoors.
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January 27, 2004 | Stanley Allison, Times Staff Writer
An 18-month-old Santa Ana girl was in serious condition Monday with face and head wounds after the family's 90-pound pit bull attacked her, police said. The attack occurred after the child's mother, Nhouka Vange, 24, stepped out of the room where the youngster was playing shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday, authorities said. They don't know what provoked the 7-year-old dog, named Brownie.
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December 17, 1999 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN and ROBERTO J. MANZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A woman who kept a menagerie of poisonous snakes, piranhas and other exotic animals in her Van Nuys trailer was found dead after apparently being bitten by a rare African viper, authorities said Thursday. Anita Finch, 33, was found Wednesday night in her living room curled in a fetal position with two puncture wounds in the back of her hand, said Scott Carrier, a spokesman for the Los Angeles county coroner's office.
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April 2, 1987 | United Press International
A small boat carrying remains believed to be those of a Colorado woman killed by a crocodile was attacked by another crocodile that lunged four feet out of the water and snapped at the body bag, officials said Wednesday. The boat attack came as police gave the first detailed account of Sunday's grisly crocodile killing of Fay Ginger Meadows, 24, of Snowmass Village, Colo., who was attacked at the spectacular Kings Cascade Waterfall in northwestern Australia.
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January 30, 1989 | DAVID FREED, Times Staff Writer
The Ventura County coroner said Sunday that a young woman whose body was found floating in the ocean near Ventura may have been the victim of an extremely rare shark attack, possibly the first such fatality in California waters in four years. The body of the unidentified woman, believed to be a windsurfer, was spotted Saturday about six miles off Channel Islands Harbor by the crew of a sailboat, Coroner Warren Lovell said. Crew members of a Coast Guard vessel retrieved the body.
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December 15, 2009 | By David Kelly
A young child playing in a Mead Valley field was charged and butted by a bull Monday afternoon, sending him to the hospital, officials said. According to the boy's aunt, Maria Avilez, he suffered bruises and scratches to his face but escaped serious harm. "He's fine, it was nothing horrible but it gave everyone a scare," she said. According to John Welsh, public information chief for Riverside County animal services, "Two kids were playing in the field, and apparently there was no bull in the field when they got there but then the bull showed up."
NATIONAL
November 27, 2009 | By Nicholas Riccardi
As soon as Renee Legro saw the sheep, she screamed. The herd, 1,300 strong, has been coming for 30 years to graze in this valley on the backside of the Continental Divide. But as Colorado has become an adventure sports destination, the once-empty valley has filled with hikers, campers and mountain bikers like Legro, and she was about to tragically embody the collision of the old West with the new. Legro, 33, screamed because she knew what came with the herd -- guard dogs.
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September 9, 2009 | Tony Barboza
A 3-year-old Fullerton girl remained hospitalized Tuesday with severe injuries after her family's pit bull attacked her in their backyard, police said. The attack took place just before 7:45 p.m. Monday at the family's house in the 200 block of Costa Court when the girl and her mother took food to the dog, which was tied up in the backyard, said Fullerton Police Sgt. Mike MacDonald. The mother went back inside the house to wash dishes, leaving her daughter outside with the dog. Police are investigating the attack as a case of child neglect.
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July 2, 2009 | Associated Press
A pet Burmese python measuring more than 8 feet long broke out of a terrarium and strangled a 2-year-old girl in her bedroom Wednesday, authorities said. Shaiunna Hare was dead when paramedics arrived about 10 a.m., Lt. Bobby Caruthers of the Sumter County Sheriff's Office said.
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May 30, 2009 | Associated Press
The San Francisco Zoo has settled a lawsuit with two brothers who survived the tiger attack on Christmas Day 2007 that killed their friend. The zoo issued a statement saying it was thankful the lawsuit with Kulbir and Amirtpal "Paul" Dhaliwal had been settled. The brothers survived an attack by an escaped Siberian tiger. Carlos Sousa Jr., 17, was killed. Sousa's parents also reached a settlement with the zoo. Details of both lawsuits remain secret.
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May 22, 2009 | Ruben Vives
A swarm of bees attacked an elderly woman who was walking near a high school in Santa Ana and then stung two men who stopped to help her, officials said Thursday. The unidentified woman was walking near Foothill High School at Foothill Boulevard and Old Foothill Road about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday when she was stung 30 to 50 times by the swarm. She was taken to Western Medical Center for treatment. Two men who witnessed the attack were also stung after they ran to help her, said Capt.
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November 8, 1995 | DAVID REYES
More than 20 stingray attacks have been reported in recent days at Huntington Beach, where calm surf and relatively warm water brought out the flat fish, lifeguards said Tuesday. "We've had a fair amount of stingray injuries," said Huntington Marine Safety Lt. Gregory Crow. "So we're trying to let everyone know they're out there." Usually, the small, undulating fish with the barbed whip-like tail are more plentiful during warm summer months when they plague highly populated beaches.
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July 16, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Criminal charges were pending against a Yellowstone National Park visitor who was gored by a bison after he tried to get the animal to raise its head for a photograph, park officials said. No action will be taken against the bison. The man faces charges of harassing wildlife, park officials said in a written statement. Paul Jocelyn, 37, of Albertville, Minn.
WORLD
March 25, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Two Komodo dragons mauled a fruit picker to death in eastern Indonesia, the latest in a string of attacks on humans by the world's largest lizard species. Police said the 31-year-old man was attacked on Komodo, one of four islands where the reptile is found in the wild, minutes after he fell out of a tree.
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