Living here in Alaska has some wonderful perks... the beautiful outdoors, long sunny days, friendly people, and adventure at your finger tips. I grew up here and have loved it. But every once in a while you hear stories that reminds you of the danger here too.
A couple days ago a 32 year old special-ed teacher, Candice Berner, was out for a jog outside the village she teaches at. Unfortunately, that evening some snowmobilers found her body in the woods and discovered that she was attacked by wolves.
Such a sad story and a scary one too, not just because of what happened, but the fact people are unaware of is this is the first fatal wolf attack in Alaska history... and there are only a few in the world. Wolves have always stayed away from human, mostly. They are some of the most difficult animals to hunt because not only are the smart, but they can hear/smell us for miles and will stay away.
There have only been 3 fatal wolf attacks in the entire U.S. and they all involved wolves infected with rabies. So, the fear here in Alaska is.... did they have rabies or are they not afraid anymore? Such a sad story for someone who was out in a remote Alaskan village just trying to help and educate special need children.
So, everyone be careful out there... whether you are in Alaska, where the outdoors is your back yard, or living in Utah with bears, Florida with alligators, or Arizona with scorpions.... be safe and educate your self on the wilds out there.
Here is a link to the story on MSNBC http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35901428