News Comment #3:A Minnesota woman was killed in a rare black bear attack on a secluded island in Canada

Red Pine Island is on Rainy Lake in Ontario

Catherine Sweatt-Mueller, a 62 year old woman from Minnesota, was visiting her parents in Canada.

Sweatt-Mueller’s parents live on their family-owned island, on Rainy Lake in Ontario. The island is secluded.

Sweatt-Mueller noticed her dogs barking strangely outside. She went to check on them and only the dogs ended up returning to the cabin.

Officers got the call and arrived to find a black bear standing over her body. She was dead.

Police shot the black bear, which led to two other black bears to flee the area.

This event is rare and the body of the black bear was sent to the University of Guelph to undergo necropsy.

This article shows a few of the news values. It is unusual; one thing being that bear attacks are rare, but that it is of a woman from the United States. Another value is proximity. Again, stating that she is from the United States; people would relate because she is also a citizen and people read about other American-situated stories.

Click the link to learn more:https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/05/us/minnesota-woman-black-bear-attack-trnd/index.html

1 thought on “News Comment #3:A Minnesota woman was killed in a rare black bear attack on a secluded island in Canada

  1. Focus your summary, Makaelyn. Just the most important facts.

    It’s interesting this story is similar to what we were discussing in class last week. It begins with a lead — the woman was killed — but then goes directly into the “story” of how it all happened. To find out other importat info you have to read to the end.

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