August 2012 Archives

Another otter attack reported on Northland lake

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A swimmer in Ude Lake, near Atikin, was attacked by two otters, the Duluth News Tribune said.

Carol Schefers, 38, was swimming in the lake where her family has a cabin and thought at first it was fish biting her, the Duluth News Tribune said.

Schefers' husband pulled her out of the water and brought her to the emergency room, WCCO said.

Schefers is recovering from 18 bites and says the life jacket she was wearing kept her afloat, WCCO said.

A person of interest in the 1989 abduction of Jacob Wetterling sent a letter to state authorities about how law enforcement has treated him, the Pioner Press said.

Authorities have not found conclusive evidence to arrest Dan Rassier, 56, but they have questioned him multiple times and spent over two days searching Rassier's family farm in 2010, the Pioner Press said.

In the letter, Rassier said the authorities "abused the privileges of their power" and his and his family's rights have been violated, MPR News said.

Authorities are unable to comment on the letter because the case is still under investigation, MPR News said.

(Both the Pioner Press and MPR News use the same AP story - but I had a hard time finding a source that had original writing.)

A man is recovering after an attack by a suspected great white shark off Ballston Beach in Truro, Mass. Monday, the New York Daily News said.

Christopher Myers and his son were wading out to a sand bar when Myers was pulled under the water, the Daily said.

His son and several witnesses report seeing a fin at the time of the attack, the Daily said.

Myers was able to swim back to shore and paramedics rushed him to the hospital where he is recovering, the Daily said.

The great white shark population has increased significantly in the Cape Cod area in recent years due to the increased population of seals, Fox News said.

Gray seals were nearly extinct until the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, Fox News said.

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