A Virginia woman named Laurie Cooksey fell victim to a bear attack in Bath County, Virginia’s Douthat State Park over the weekend.The attack, which took place after a day of hiking and canoeing with three of her four children, left Laurie with 14 stitches in her back and 14 more in her leg.Cooksey and her children were headed down the Tuscaroa Overlook trail when they encountered an adult black bear. By the time they saw the bear it was only ten yards away, peering at them from behind a nearby tree.According to Cooksey, she and her children began retreaing upon seeing the bear, but it caught up with her first.“He was fast. He was just so fast,” Cooksey later told the Richmond Times Dispatch while recovering from wounds sustained during the attack. “I’m very thrilled that it was me and not (my children)…I’m really grateful.” Bear attacks are becoming more and more frequent as human development continues to encroach on wildlife habitat and National Parks like Yellowstone see steady influxes of tourist from around the world.Do you think a bear that kills or injures a human in its natural habitat should be put down? Let us know in the comment feed. Photo Courtesy of Laurie Cooksey Fortunately, Cooksey was able to knock the bear off balance with several kicks, but not before sustaining severe bite wounds.“The saving grace was it was raining hard and the leaves were slippery,” she said.After freeing herself from the bear’s grasp, Cooksley made a run for it and regrouped with her children at which point the bear approached the family one more time. At this point, Laurie’s 19 year-old son Ellis intervened.He advised the group to “get big” and “get loud”, tactics he’d learned during a recent trip to Yosemite National Park.The strategy worked, the bear withdrew, and Laurie Cookesy was later treated and discharged from LewisGale Hospital Alleghany on Saturday night.According to the Richmond Time Dispatch the “Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation law enforcement officers, along with a district wildlife biologist, tracked the bear to a location near the site of the incident and humanely killed the bear around 4 a.m. Sunday.”They are still unable to say with absolute certainty whether or not the bear they euthanized is indeed the black bear that attacked Laurie. Genetic testing is excepted to return within a week that will determine the bear’s true identity.Back in June, the wrong bear was euthanized as retribution for the attack of a 16-year-old hammock camper in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.This Virginia attack comes on the heels of a Grizzly bear attack that left one hiker dead and “partially consumed” in Yellowstone National Park on Friday. This attack occurred near Yellowstone’s Lake Village on a hiking trail popular with tourists and employees who live and work near the Lake Yellowstone Hotel.The victim, 63-year old Lance Crosby, was an experienced hiker and Montana native who had worked in Yellowstone going on five seasons. The grizzly bear and one of her cubs believed to be responsible for his killing have been captured. If it is determined that the captured sow is indeed the bear that mauled and consumed Crosby it will likely be euthanized and its cub placed in a zoo.
MANILA – The House of Representatives isset to investigate on supposed “fake news” about the reported blunders inhosting the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games. Kabayan party-list Rep. Ron Salo saidthe House Committee on Public Information will investigate the spread of falsereports that undermined the country’s efforts in staging the biennial sportingevent, which will open on Saturday at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. President Rodrigo Duterte has expressed his displeasure over the series of lapses that has so far marred the Philippines’ hosting of the SEA Games that he called for an investigation into the allegations of corruption and incompetence./PN “As a result of these fake news, the Philippines is painted as a complete failure in its hosting, with foreign media calling it Muddle in Manila,” Salo said. According to Salo, there was an emerging “pattern of fake news”on the Games, including the kikiam supposedly served to the Philippine women’s football team for breakfast when in fact it was chicken sausage, and the circulating photo of the Biñan Sports Complex still being constructed when it was actually a different picture. “There was a concerted, deliberate, organized, and seemingly malicious disinformation campaign in the media to discredit the SEA Games, its organizers and the Philippines itself,” Salo said in his privilege speech. Anakalusugan party-list Representative Mike Defensor asked Salo whether purveyors of these misinformation could be made criminally liable for their acts, which the latter responded to the affirmative. “I will definitely be happy to investigate this particular fake news being propagated either in the social media or the traditional media,” Salo said.