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Bear expert says British Columbia attack likely a rare case of black bear treating humans as food

Attack on family that sent three people to hospital appears to be a 'predaceous' incident

An expert in bear behaviour says an attack on a family in northeastern British Columbia that left two women with critical injuries appears to have been a rare example of a "predaceous" attack by a black bear.

Ellie Lamb, director of community outreach for the Get Bear Smart Society, says that by knocking down the women near Dawson Creek Monday night then staying close by them for more than an hour, the large boar bear was likely treating humans as food.

RCMP say they shot the bear dead after it was observed "guarding" the injured women, aged 30 and 48, and could not be chased off.

Lamb, a wildlife guide who serves on several B.C. advisory bodies related to human-bear interaction, says bears could exhibit predatory behaviour towards humans if improperly managed at a young age, but this was extremely uncommon.


3-year-old boy killed by dog on the island of Nevis

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The Police are investigating the death of a 3-year-old boy who was fatally wounded during a dog attack in Gingerland.

The Police received a report sometime after 2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 05, 2022, that a dog had attacked a child.

Investigations so far have revealed that the child was at home with family members at the time of the incident. He made his way to the back of the house where several dogs are kept chained next to dog houses.

One of the dogs attacked the child causing serious injuries to several parts of his body. He was later discovered by a family member and transported to the Alexandra Hospital where he was pronounced dead.


Hawaii closes Mauna Loa national park summit due to 'elevated seismic activity'

Backcountry on Mauna Loa summit
© NPS Photo/A.Lavalle
Backcountry on Mauna Loa summit is closed until further notice as a precautionary measure.
Hawaii scientists said Mauna Loa is not erupting

The National Park Service said Wednesday that the Mauna Loa summit backcountry in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park would be closed due to "elevated seismic activity."

The closure, which is in effect until further notice, is a precautionary measure.

Mauna Loa Road and the Mauna Loa Lookout at 6,662 feet elevation remain open to the public.

"Mauna Loa is not erupting. The volcanic alert level remains at advisory, and the aviation color code remains at yellow," the park service added. "U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) scientists will notify the park if conditions change."

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Lightning strike kills 3 farmers in Jharkhand, India

Three farmers lost their lives on Thursday as lightning struck in Lotaniya village under Hussainabad block of Palamu district in Jharkhand.

The deceased have been identified as Raghunandan Yadav (55), Surendra Yadav (50) and Pramod Yadav (35). A Buffalo also died in the incident.

As per information after grazing their cattle the farmers were returning back when suddenly it started raining heavily. Before they could find a shelter lighting fell on them due to which they died on the spot.

Upon receiving information people rushed to the spot and took the trio to sub divisional hospital where they were declared brought dead by the doctors.

Soon a police team also reached on the spot and sent the bodies for postmortem. Post the incident
a pal of gloom has descended upon the village.


Dogs attack family in Tennessee, 2 children killed

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Two young children were killed and their mother was hospitalized after two family dogs attacked them at their home in Tennessee, officials said.

The dogs attacked a 2-year-old girl, a 5-month-old boy and their mother Wednesday afternoon in the home located north of Memphis near Shelby Forest State Park, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office said in a tweet.

The children were pronounced dead at the scene and their mother was taken to a Memphis hospital in critical condition.

The investigation remains active. No further information was immediately released.

Source: AP


'Unprecedented bird flu epidemic could presage year-round outbreak', warns bird charity

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ABOVE: A dead northern gannet (Morus bassanus) on a beach in Quebec's Magdalen Islands, likely a victim of the current bird flu epidemic
Nearly 50 million birds have been culled amid efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus, which continues to ravage the Northern Hemisphere.

A highly pathogenic strain of H5N1 influenza, also known as avian flu, that plagued Europe and North America all summer shows no signs of relenting, officials warn. More than 2,600 outbreaks have been reported among domesticated flocks, as well as more than 3,500 cases in wild birds from 37 European countries, according to the latest overview of the epidemic from European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

"I'm a scientist by training, and like all scientists, I'm used to taking a measured approach and don't take the language I use lightly," Jeff Knott, director of policy for the UK conservation charity, the RSPB, tells National Geographic. "But the severity of the situation and scale of the impact is unprecedented and very, very scary. It's a huge crisis that could turn into a catastrophe unless we get ahead of it."

Comment: Whilst it may be true that incidents of bird flu outbreaks may be on the rise - and in no small part thanks to factory farming practices that slowly destroy the health of livestock - it's also true that at least some of these declared outbreaks seem to serve another agenda, which is to cause deadly disruptions to the food supply:


Floods, landslides, traffic: Tropical wave wreaks havoc across Trinidad and Tobago

looding in Trinidad courtesy the ODPM (L), car drives through floods near UWI St Augustine's Campus (R).
© Twitter (L), TT Weather Centre (R)
looding in Trinidad courtesy the ODPM (L), car drives through floods near UWI St Augustine's Campus (R).
Residents of Tobago and north-east Trinidad are facing the full brunt of thundershowers associated with a fast-approaching tropical wave.

Violent rainfall started at midnight, five hours earlier than was previously advised by the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) when its Adverse Weather Alert - Yellow Level was issued.

As the system moves over the islands, gusty winds are also being reported.

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India - 8 killed, more feared missing after flash floods in Jalpaiguri, West Bengal

At least 8 people have lost their lives and many more are feared missing after sudden flash floods on the Mal River in the Jalpaiguri District of West Bengal, India.

Hundreds of people were gathered in the river and along its banks during as part of the religious festival Durga Visarjan where the idol of the Goddess Durga is immersed in the waters of the river. However, the river rose swiftly and unexpectedly at around 20:00 hours 05 October 2022, sweeping away dozens of the gathered onlookers.

In a statement on 06 October, Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal, said 8 people have lost their lives and 13 people are being treated for injuries at a nearby hospital.

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Massive hail falls on southern, eastern Utah

© KH Palmer
Residents in some parts of southwestern and central-eastern Utah were pelted with massive hailstones Sunday afternoon.

MORE: https://www.fox13now.com/weather/mass...


Argentine scientists worried after spate of whale deaths - 13 in 8 days

At least 13 dead southern right whales have appeared on the coast of the Golfo Nuevo and Peninsula Vald

At least 13 dead southern right whales have appeared on the coast of the Golfo Nuevo and the Valdes Peninsula.
A string of whale deaths in recent days in southern Argentina have worried scientists, who think a micro-algae could be to blame.

From September 24 to October 2, at least 13 southern right whales died in the Nuevo Gulf close to the Valdes Peninsula in Argentine Patagonia, an area that is a sanctuary and breeding ground for the huge mammals, the Whale Conservation Institute (ICB) said.

Authorities have started performing autopsies on the whales that have been recovered and have begun testing the water and mollusks "to determine the presence of possible biotoxins linked to the proliferation of harmful algal blooms known as red tides," said whale program coordinator Agustina Donini in an ICB statement released Monday.