10:35am UK, Friday March 12, 2010
A teacher killed whilst jogging in Alaska is thought to have been mauled to death by wolves.
Candice Berman was originally from Slippery Rock in Pennsylvania.
The post-mortem carried out on Candice Berner recorded "multiple injuries due to animal mauling" as the cause of death.
Her body was found off the road around a mile outside the small village of Chignik Bay, situated on the
Whilst the particular animal which killed the 32-year-old cannot be
confirmed, Alaska State Troopers are certain that wolves were behind
Colonel Audie Holloway said: "There's no other carnivores in that area that are out and active.
"There were wolf tracks all around the body, and drag marks associated with those tracks."
He added: "If we're able to actually prove which animal, it will be
through some kind of DNA analysis or through some expert that can maybe
testify or explain how they know it's a wolf."
The tracks surrounding the body suggest that up to four animals were involved in the assault on the special needs teacher.
Since the attack, the community of 105 people in Chignik Bay have
been exercising extreme caution, with children being accompanied to
school and armed patrols on snowmobiles protecting the village.
If it is confirmed that Ms Berner was killed by wolves, it would be the first recorded case in Alaska.
Source: Sky News
Online, 12 March 2010