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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1995 | RENEE TAWA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal wildlife trackers on Saturday shot and killed a female mountain lion believed to be responsible for attacking a bicyclist in the San Gabriel Mountains above Altadena last week. The lion was chased up a tree by three dogs and killed by a single shot to the head about 4 p.m., a few hundred yards from where the bicyclist was attacked on a Mt. Lowe trail, said state Fish and Game Warden Mark Jeter.
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NEWS
August 24, 1991 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Laura Small, the 10-year-old El Toro girl who was mauled by a mountain lion five years ago at a wilderness park in Orange County, was awarded more than $2 million Friday by jurors who said the county was to blame for the attack. "I'm glad it's over," said Laura, who was mobbed by reporters after the unanimous verdict was read.
NEWS
May 19, 1996 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The strange saga of the goat-sucking vampire that has captivated--and terrorized--much of Mexico began in a small village in the Pacific coast state of Sinaloa. A local farmer reported that he found 24 of his sheep dead--with bite marks on the neck and their blood sucked dry--after seeing a giant, bat-like creature swoop down on his corral.
NEWS
April 26, 1994 | Associated Press
A mountain lion apparently attacked and killed a woman who was jogging on a rugged foothills trail. The body of Barbara Schoener, 40, was found Sunday morning in the Auburn Lake Trails subdivision near Cool, about 40 miles northeast of Sacramento. The body had claw marks and deputies found animal hairs that will be analyzed, said Lt. James Roloff. There were signs that her body had been dragged down a hillside, he said.
NEWS
October 28, 1990 | Reuters
A circus Bengal tiger escaped from its handler during a parade and killed 1-year-old Oscar Mejia, a police spokesman said Saturday. The attack happened Friday as the circus troupe paraded through the small town of Candelaria, about 190 miles southwest of Bogota, to publicize their show. Firefighters cornered the tiger and rescued the child, but he died of claw wounds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 1994 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
A Santa Clarita Valley man who was mauled by a Los Angeles police dog is entitled to a trial on whether the LAPD's policy governing the use of canines to seize fleeing or hiding suspects is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled Monday. In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the order of a Los Angeles trial judge who ruled that the LAPD's policy governing use of dogs was constitutional and that there was no need for a jury trial on the issue.
SPORTS
March 9, 1994 | PETE THOMAS
Shark attacks are nothing new in Hawaii. Tiger sharks have been tangling with wave riders for as long as anyone can recall. George Balazs, a National Marine Fisheries Service biologist and sea turtle expert, using several sources, has compiled a list of more than 100 attacks--most of them on surfers--dating to 1779, when a young male was gashed on the buttocks after being pursued while surfing. He later suffered "great pain" and died.
NATIONAL
May 12, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A medical examiner confirmed that an alligator killed a 28-year-old woman who disappeared while jogging near a canal in a Fort Lauderdale suburb. Construction workers found the woman's dismembered body floating in the canal. An autopsy showed she died of bleeding and shock from alligator bites, said Dr. Joshua Perper, the Broward County medical examiner.
NEWS
May 9, 1991 | PAUL FELDMAN and TERRY PRISTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Authorities still had found no motive Wednesday for the fatal shooting of a woman and her daughter in a crowded courthouse, but acquaintances speculated the suspect had been under intense stress because of a dog-mauling case in which his young daughter was a prosecution witness. "He's been talking kind of off-the-wall about religion," said Judy Brown, a kitchen worker for the Val Verde School District.
NEWS
June 7, 1994 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A rare white Bengal tiger, one of the star attractions at Miami's sprawling suburban zoo, fatally mauled a zookeeper Monday after the man entered the animal's outdoor exhibit. Veteran zookeeper David Marshall, 45, was killed after he entered the moated enclosure apparently unaware that the tiger was still uncaged, said Metrozoo spokesman Ron Magill. He said that the death occurred during a time of day when the 350-pound male tiger, named Lucknow, was to be moved from one enclosure to another.
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