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August 17, 1997 | From Associated Press
A mother from Texas was mauled to death by a black bear in a remote park in British Columbia as her two children watched helplessly. A man who tried to save Patti McConnell, 37, of Paris, Texas, also was killed by the bear. McConnell's 13-year-old son and a college student were mauled by the animal as well but survived. Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Raymond Kitchen, 56, of Fort Nelson, British Columbia, was killed while trying to save McConnell.
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April 8, 2004 | From Associated Press
A surfer was killed Wednesday morning in a shark attack off western Maui, the first confirmed fatal attack in Hawaii in nearly 12 years, police said. Willis McInnis, 57, was helped out of the water, but died on the shore despite rescue efforts by beachgoers, police and paramedics. He was bitten in the leg and suffered severe blood loss, police Capt. Charles Hirata said. He said the bite on McInnis was 12 to 14 inches wide, indicating that it was probably a large shark.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 1992 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy paid a personal visit to a witness in a K-9 biting case in an effort to persuade the businessman to go along with the official report on the incident, according to sworn testimony in the matter. Lawndale businessman James Stadler says in a deposition that he refused to alter his own account.
NEWS
December 25, 1994 | ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In what his family says is nothing short of a miracle, Anders Bjella came home from the hospital Saturday, just in time for his second Christmas. The 13-month-old son of Ross and Diane Bjella of Costa Mesa was near death after being stung repeatedly by a scorpion at a Mexican resort Dec. 18. "It's a very happy Christmas," his mother, Diane Bjella, said soon after arriving at the family's home, which friends had decorated. "He has his spirit back. He looks like himself again."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 1993
Owners who use their mean-looking dogs to threaten other people would be cited under an ordinance that won preliminary approval from the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday. Councilwoman Ruth Galanter, who introduced the measure in response to complaints from beach-goers and merchants in Venice, said the ordinance is aimed at those who bring the "largest dogs with the biggest collars and the meanest teeth they can find" to the beach to stir up trouble.
NEWS
January 29, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
A flock of sheep charged a British farmer's wife bringing them food and pushed her over a cliff to her death. Betty Stobbs, 67, had taken a bale of hay on the back of a power bike to feed the animals grazing in a field overlooking a closed quarry. The sheep rushed forward and jumped onto the vehicle, knocking the bike and its rider over the edge of the quarry near Durham, northeast England. Stobbs died when the bike fell on her.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A male lion attacked and killed a female lion in the outdoor exhibit they have shared for 15 months, Sacramento Zoo officials said. Aslan, the male lion, wrapped his jaws around the throat of 14-year-old Massina on Friday, suffocating her, said Mary Healy, the zoo's director. Zoo visitors who witnessed the killing thought the lions were playing, she said. "This is really a reminder of how powerful these animals are, and how unpredictable their behavior can be at times," she said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 1992 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The way June Kisiel tells it, she fell for the story hook, line and sinker. She says she believed it when she was told that the sad-faced little fish she was buying for her home aquarium was a finicky eater and a slow-motion swimmer. So finicky and slow, in fact, that it would only eat specially raised minnows fed to it by hand. As it turned out, the creature with zebra stripes and sunburst-like fins that the Burbank woman proudly added to the tank in her family room was anything but a pussycat.
NEWS
January 31, 1989 | MILES CORWIN, Times Staff Writer
A woman apparently killed by a great white shark off the coast here was identified Monday as a UCLA student on a kayaking excursion with her boyfriend, who is still missing, authorities said. The two, both UCLA graduate students, had left Malibu Thursday for a morning of kayaking, said Ventura County Sheriff Lt. Lary Reynolds. Both one-person kayaks were found Friday five miles off the coast of Zuma Beach.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 1989 | JOHN KENDALL, Times Staff Writer
The owner of a pit bull that mauled an animal control officer in Glassell Park two years ago was convicted in Los Angeles Superior Court Thursday of assault with a deadly weapon--her dog. Superior Court Judge Marsha N. Revel, hearing the case without a jury, found Edlyn Joy Hauser, 38, guilty of assault, but the judge acquitted the sobbing defendant of having a specific intent to cause great bodily harm.
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