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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The medical examiner says a teenager who was killed by an escaped zoo tiger six months ago had marijuana and alcohol in his system. The toxicology report released Monday is included with an autopsy that concluded that 17-year-old Carlos Sousa Jr. was killed by "blunt-force injuries of the head and neck." Two of Sousa's friends were seriously injured when a 250-pound Siberian tiger escaped its enclosure at the San Francisco Zoo on Christmas Day. Michael Cardoza, a lawyer for the Sousa family, said it was irrelevant whether the teenager was drinking or smoking pot before he was mauled.
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WORLD
May 25, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A shark injured a 49-year-old American surfer off the Pacific coast of Mexico, the third attack in a month. The Mexican navy warned people about sharks off Zihuatanejo, a resort northwest of Acapulco, according to a navy official. A day earlier, a 21-year-old Mexican surfer was killed by a shark off a nearby beach. The two attacks came a month after a shark killed a San Francisco man surfing in the area.
WORLD
May 12, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
An Australian swimmer survived a great white shark attack by poking the creature in the eye as it dragged him through the water and tore flesh from his left leg. Jason Cull, 37, was swimming off Australia's southwest coast when the 12-foot shark attacked. "Initially I thought it was a dolphin," Cull told the Australian newspaper. "I just remember being dragged along backwards. I was trying to feel its gills but I found its eye and I stuck my finger in and that's when it let go." The shark tore two chunks from Cull's left leg. He was rescued by a lifeguard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2008 | David Kelly, Times Staff Writer
A rash of coyote attacks on children in the Inland Empire in the last week has led to the closure of a Chino Hills park, and wildlife officials are warning parents to be more cautious around the increasingly bold animals. "People cannot be ambivalent about coyotes," said Harry Morse, spokesman for the California Department of Fish and Game. "When that coyote starts toward you, it's not coming to be nice." Since Friday, two children have been attacked.
WORLD
April 30, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A shark killed a San Francisco surfer at Troncones beach, near the Mexican resort of Ixtapa, officials said. The man bled to death Monday after a gray shark bit his right thigh, leaving a 15-inch wound, the Guerrero state Public Safety Department said in a statement. The U.S. Embassy in Mexico could not immediately confirm the man's name, but local authorities identified him as a 24-year-old who was surfing with a fellow American. The other man was not injured. The victim died from loss of blood a few minutes after reaching the hospital, the government statement said.
SPORTS
April 29, 2008 | Pete Thomas, Times Staff Writer
A major pro surfing competition begins today at Lower Trestles near San Clemente, just four days after a fatal shark attack occurred 30 miles down the coast. But for many in the field of 192, there will be too much at stake in the Trestles lineup to be concerned about what lurks below. The 6.0 Lowers Pro, sponsored by Nike and running through Saturday, is an $80,000 Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Beaches in San Diego County that were closed after a deadly shark attack will be reopened today, authorities said. At least eight miles of seafront were closed over the weekend following Friday's attack, in which 66-year-old retired veterinarian David Martin died after his legs were bitten by a shark, thought to have been a great white. As of Sunday, there had been no sign of the fish, estimated to be about 15 feet long. It was the first such attack in San Diego County since 1994.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2008 | Laura Nott, H.G. Reza and Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Times Staff Writers
Editor's note: Some editions of Saturday's Section A carried an incomplete version of the original article about the deadly shark attack in San Diego County. The top of the story is reprinted here and the full story is available at www.latimes.com/sharkattack. -- -- The attack was swift and deadly. A shark expert who examined the mangled body said the bite marks showed the classic pattern of a great white: Strike from underneath and then retreat quickly. Despite attempts by lifeguards at resuscitation, retired veterinarian Dave Martin, 66, a dedicated triathlete who swam every Friday with other fitness buffs, was declared dead just minutes after he was pulled from the water.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2008 | David Kelly, Times Staff Writer
Friends and colleagues of an animal trainer killed by a performing bear called it a "freak accident" Wednesday and said the 700-pound grizzly should not be euthanized. The animal, they said, did not intend to kill the bear expert. "The same thing he was doing I have done a hundred times.
SPORTS
February 29, 2008 | Bill Plaschke
The bear is still there. When Johan Otter runs through the city streets in Sunday's Los Angeles Marathon, he will do so in unmarked clothes, a gentle gait, seemingly very much alone. Yet he will have 400 pounds of company. The giant grizzly he once fought to protect his daughter will be felt with every step. "In many ways," he says quietly, "the bear never left. " The grizzly will be there in the simple cap he wears on his head. During the attack at Montana's Glacial National Park in 2005, the bear tore off nearly his entire scalp, virtually ending his ability to grow hair while necessitating the grafting of sensitive skin from his inner thigh.
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