The Statesville Record and Landmark reports on increasing coyote populations in North Carolina. The article contains some good information about coyote behavior. In Martins Creek, North Carolina, an animal attacked a 10-year-old girl and the woman who tried to protect her. Authorities think it was a gray fox. They’re investigating the possibility of rabies. By the way, it’s not too unusual for animal attack victims to feel unsure what attacked them. Real animals don’t always look like they do in picture books, and a scary situation can make it hard to notice the right details. Another 10-year-old girl was bitten by a rabid fox in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Her father and a friend killed the animal. From the newspaper description, this would appear to have been a red fox. The article has some good background on rabies. Yet another fox attack occurred in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. The persistent fox injured a 71-year-old woman.
This photo essay by Hal Brindley shows a leopard preying on a crocodile in Kruger. Lots of other nifty wildlife shots here as well. A large kangaroo mauled a woman near Mudgee, New South Wales, Australia. "Her face has been ripped apart, her hand has been mauled, and she's got scratches all over her back and concussion," her son said. A pet dog chased the kangaroo away. Kangaroos are thought to behave more aggressively toward humans when food and water are scarce. The kangaroo population around mudgee has been high recently.