Wolves May Have Killed Alaska Teacher

From the Anchorage Daily News:
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Authorities were in an Alaska Peninsula village Tuesday investigating whether a 32-year-old schoolteacher, found dead off a road leading out of town, was killed in a wolf attack, according to state and local officials.

The body of Candice Berner of Slippery Rock, Pa., was discovered Monday evening off a roughly 7-mile gravel road leading to the Chignik Lake airstrip… [after what one state trooper described as an] "animal attack, possibly a wolf attack."

__"I don't think there's any decision yet as to whether it was predated before or after death," [said Bruce Woods, spokesman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service]. "In other words, the (woman) might have died of something else and wolves might have found the body…."

"There's only been one other case of a fatal wolf attack by a healthy, wild wolf in North America, and that happened in 2005 in northern Saskatchewan," [wolf expert Mark] McNay said. "It is extremely rare….

"The frequency of these cases seems to have increased in the past decade or so."_