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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 2005 | Veronica Torrejon, Times Staff Writer
A rash of pit bull attacks in the Antelope Valley has prompted county officials to hire more animal control officers and crack down on irresponsible dog owners. Twenty-two pit bull attacks have been reported so far this year in the Antelope Valley. In 2004, there were six reported attacks -- a typical annual total in the high desert, said Kaye Michelson, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control.
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NEWS
August 4, 1993 | MARLA CONE and ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Clambering over two counselors, a marauding black bear severely mauled a sleeping 13-year-old boy at a campground in the San Bernardino National Forest early Tuesday despite the efforts of a third counselor to fight off the animal. Joshua Isaacs of Ojai was hospitalized at Big Bear Lake with deep scalp and shoulder wounds that required more than 100 stitches, officials said. After surgery, the boy was listed in guarded condition. Two counselors were treated for minor injuries.
SPORTS
March 17, 1993 | PETE THOMAS
Just when surfers and swimmers in Hawaii were beginning to feel safe in the water again, there comes news of yet another shark attack. Roddy Lewis, 35, a Maui resident, was paddling his surfboard Sunday at a spot known as Second Bay off a remote part of the island, when a shark estimated at 12-14 feet bit him on the legs and dragged him backward. Lewis reached back and punched the shark in the head. It released its grip and disappeared.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 1988 | VICTOR MERINA, Times Staff Writer
Troubled by legal hurdles and enforcement problems, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday turned down a proposed ban on pit bull terriers that would have forced present owners to surrender their animals. The controversial proposal, put forward by Supervisor Kenneth Hahn, was rejected on a 3-1 vote after several dog owners and breeders protested to board members that the ordinance would punish innocent pit bulls and their owners.
NEWS
August 22, 1989 | BARRY BEARAK, Times Staff Writer
The sailboat was on automatic pilot, and the two Butlers were asleep down below. They were awakened by a thump, then another. William went topside, and that's when he first saw the whales in the moonlight. Dozens of them, he remembers. Maybe even hundreds. Whales as far as he could see. At first, only a few nudged the boat, the 38-foot Siboney. He and his wife, Simone, stared into the blackness of the equatorial Pacific. They could hear the whooshing noises, the great animals' blowing.
NEWS
June 26, 1987 | JACK JONES and DENISE HAMILTON, Times Staff Writers
The owner of a pit bull terrier that mauled a Los Angeles animal control officer investigating the dog's previous attack on a man and his young daughter was arrested Thursday on seven misdemeanor counts. "I feel terrible that my dog bit people," said Edlyn Joy Hauser, 37, as she was led from her Glassell Park home by Los Angeles police and city Department of Animal Regulation investigators, "but it wasn't my fault. I didn't want the dog to bite anybody." Deputy City Atty.
NEWS
May 26, 2000 | From Associated Press
An 87-year-old nursing home patient with Alzheimer's disease died a day after she was bitten 1,625 times by ants as she lay in her bed, authorities said Thursday. The Sarasota County medical examiner's office is investigating the case of Mary L. Morales Gay, who died May 19 at the Quality Health Care Center in North Port.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 1995 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A rash of stingray attacks occurred at some of the county's northern beaches over the weekend as calm surf and light crowds brought out the flat fish with the painful sting, lifeguards reported Monday. At Bolsa Chica State Beach, lifeguards said 15 swimmers received first aid after being stung Friday, while 18 cases were reported Saturday and 10 on Sunday. Up the coast from Bolsa Chica in Seal Beach, five people were stung Friday, 14 Saturday and another five Sunday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 2001 | MIKE BRESNAHAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Black bears are increasingly displaying a bit of ursine bravado as human expansion encroaches upon their habitat and drought conditions across much of California play havoc with their natural food supply, a point illustrated by the July 29 attack on a La Verne woman. The black bear population has doubled statewide in the last 20 years to an estimated 23,000.
WORLD
December 19, 2005 | Paul Watson, Times Staff Writer
On a good day in the jungle, honey hunters' biggest worry is the sting of a giant bee that burns like a red-hot needle. But on other days, they face something far more deadly: Bengal tigers up to 10 feet long that lie silently in ambush, baring canine teeth as big as spikes, hungry for the taste of people. "Human flesh is sweet.
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