August 28, 2013

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Teen Wakes Up to Wolf Eating His Head

Camping on Lake Winnibigoshish

We all have bad mornings. Sometimes you just didn’t get enough sleep, or you’re hung over, and sometimes, you wake up with a wolf gnawing on your exposed skull. Such was the morning of August 24 for Noah Graham.

Graham, 16, was lying outside his tent on Lake Winnibigoshish when the incident occurred around 4 a.m. After wrenching his head from the animal’s jaws, he proceeded to kick the wolf repeatedly until it finally retreated. Fortunately, Graham’s family and friends were nearby, and were able to stem the bleeding and get him to a hospital, where he was treated for puncture wounds on his face and a 4-inch laceration on his head.

Describing the incident, Graham said he never heard the wolf approach. "There was no sound at all. [I] didn’t hear it. It was just all of a sudden there," he told the Bemidji Pioneer.

Trappers called in by the Department of Natural Resources captured and killed a wolf in the same area early Monday. Preliminary examinations of the carcass revealed jaw deformities—its lower jaw was misaligned and missing at least one canine tooth. According to regional DNR manager Tom Provost, the deformities would have made hunting normal prey more difficult and might have led to the wolf preying on the immobile Graham.

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Rush hour traffic     Photo: rushhour/Flickr

Washington, D.C., Has the Nation's Worst Drivers

Fort Collins, Colo., has the best

Drivers in Washington, D.C., are officially the most dangerous in the country. Washington residents go only 4.8 years between accidents, crashing twice as frequently as the national average, a survey released by Allstate's America's Best Drivers finds. It's the sixth year in a row that Washington has ranked at the bottom of the survey.

“I wouldn’t say it’s the worst, I’d say it’s the least best,” Allstate spokesman Adam Polak told The Washington Post. “From looking at our data, drivers in Washington, D.C., on average have collisions more frequently.”

Polak suggests that D.C. residents are more likely to drive than residents of other large cities, falsely inflating the numbers. The average American goes about 10 years between car accidents, with residents in big cities crashing more frequently than those who live in smaller towns.

Drivers in Fort Collins, Colorado, are the safest in the U.S., crashing once every 13.9 years. It's the third time in nine years that Fort Collins has topped the list.

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The "cradle of gold"     Photo: Roubicek/Flickr

Peru to Build Aerial Tourist Tramway

Will reach the "cradle of gold"

Peru's national government plans to install the country's first aerial tramway to reach the ruined city known as the "cradle of gold," located just 30 miles from Machu Picchu, the Associated Press reports. Officials estimate the $45 million tramway will bring in 3,000 tourists daily after it opens in 2015.

Authorities are hoping to shift the tourist burden away from Machu Picchu. To preserve the site, only 2,500 visitors are permitted to visit the city per day, and reservations are now required for people who wish to hike the famed Inca Trail.

Currently visitors to the "cradle of gold" must fly to Cuzco, the former Inca capital, drive for four hours on roads prone to landslides and flooding, and hike another 12 to 16 miles to the ruins. The site sees about five visitors a day.

The "cradle of gold" is believed to be the last refuge of the Incan rulers following the defeat of Manco Inca by Spanish conquistadors. Seventy percent of the site remains covered in vegetation.

The tramway project is one of 23 others that President Ollanta Humala intends to build throughout the country to boost tourism.

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Flash Floods Trap 27 in Austria

Heavy rains flooding cave entrance

A flash flood has trapped 27 hikers in a cave in western Austria, though rescue workers say they are not in any immediate danger.

According to officials, the hikers became trapped early Wednesday when heavy rains flooded the entrance to the cave at St. Martin, 200 miles west of Vienna. Emergency crews are currently in contact with the hikers and will extract them once the waters receded.

There is no word on when that will be.

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