Girl Mauled By Bear Plays Dead To Survive

Girl Mauled By Bear Plays Dead To SurviveBears rarely attack humans unless they feel threatened or territorial. But a 12-year-old girl jogging in Michigan is among the latest victims in a spate of bear attacks that have left seven people mauled in five states since Thursday.

‘Played dead’

Abby Wetherell was out on her nightly jog when she was ambushed by a black bear Thursday outside her home in Cadillac, Michigan. She tried to run at first, but, “It just took me down,” she told CNN’s Piers Morgan Live.

Eventually, she said, she played dead, hoping it would go away. It did, but not before inflicting cuts and scrapes to her face and deep gashes on her legs that required dozens of stitches. After the bear left, Abby ran toward a neighbor’s house, screaming for help. The bear came after her once again, but neighbors were able to scare it away, she said.


‘Anomaly’

Authorities also reported attacks in Alaska, Colorado, Wyoming and Idaho. The Michigan incident was an anomaly, officials said. Michigan has an estimated black bear population of 8,000 to 10,000, but only about two bear-to-human incidents a year, said Ed Golder, a spokesman for the state Department of Natural Resources.

Attacks by bears have risen as human populations have grown, according to a study published in the Journal of Wildlife Management in 2011. The study also found that bears that have previously killed people are more likely to attack again, traveling in a party of two people or more is safer, and human food and garbage attracts bears.

“The reason why we’re having bear attacks now is because we have vacationers out in the areas where bears live,” said Tom Stalf, CEO of the Columbus Zoo. The bears are “out foraging and looking for food.”

Have you ever witnessed a bear attacking a human? What would you do if you were the one being pursued by a black bear?

Source: Holly Yan. Josh Levs and Dave Alsup | CNN

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NCAA Tournament Bracket: President Obama Picks Indiana As Winner

NCAA Tournament Bracket President Obama Picks Indiana As WinnerAs has become tradition, President Obama selected his bracket in front of ESPN’s cameras, accompanied by college basketball analyst Andy Katz.

‘Ohio State defeating Wisconsin’

In the Midwest region, the Louisville pick makes sense. However, President Obama has them beating Duke in the Elite Eight. For the most part, the President sticks with chalk in the Midwest. His only notable “upset” is Cincinnati defeating Creighton in the round of 64.

In the West, President Obama has Ohio State defeating Wisconsin to advance to the Final Four. The President isn’t so quick to dismiss Gonzaga, advancing them to the Sweet 16. But he is quick to dismiss Kansas State, already predicting the winner of the Boise State versus La Salle play-in game will beat the Wildcats in the round of 64. He also likes Belmont over Arizona, a popular upset pick and one I’m also projecting.


‘Indiana winning the national title’

In the South, the President is projecting Florida to beat Michigan to advance to the Final Four. President Obama has two upset picks in the round of 64 on the bottom portion of the bracket, rolling with Minnesota over UCLA—I’m with you, Mr. President—and Oklahoma over San Diego State.

Finally, we go to the East region, where the President has Indiana defeating Miami to reach the Final Four. It’s hard to argue with either selection.  However, you could make the argument that Miami deserved to be a No. 1 seed. In fact, the Hurricanes are the first ACC team ever to win the regular-season title and conference tournament and not earn a No. 1 seed.

In the Final Four, President Obama sees Indiana defeating Florida, Louisville defeating Ohio State and Indiana winning the national title.

Do you think President Obama’s prediction of the NCAA tournament will come true? Which team are you rooting for?

Source: Timothy Rapp, Bleacher Report

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