Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Incident takes place week after rabid beaver attacked swimmer in Lake Barcroft.
One week after an 83-year-old woman was attacked by a beaver in Lake Barcroft in Falls Church comes a report that a beaver was chasing children Saturday at the Hidden Pond Nature Center in West Springfield. County Animal Control officers responded to the report that the animal was chasing the children Saturday at about 11:30 a.m., according to a news release from Fairfax County Police. The children who were chased had just finished competing in a fishing contest when they noticed a beaver in the water swimming toward the dock they were standing on, according to the release. The release said that the beaver leapt out of the water onto the dock and was seen acting aggressively and chasing the children. An animal control officer responded to …
Saturday, September 8, 2012
In light of the recent rabid beaver attack at Lake Barcroft, Fairfax County released this video.
Earlier this month, a rabid beaver attacked an 83-year-old woman at Lake Barcroft (see the full story here). The attack occurred around 6 p.m. Tuesday, and the woman was able to swim to shore and receive medical assistance. The Barcroft Association has temporarily closed Lake Barcroft to residents in light of the attack. Friday, Fairfax County officials released this video offering safety tips to residents who may encounter rabid or aggressive animals in the area. The video is viewable in the media box to the right.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
An 83-year-old woman was attacked by a rabid beaver on Tuesday evening.
Following a rabid beaver attack on Tuesday evening, the private lake in the Lake Barcroft community has been closed temporarily to residents. “We swim in that lake all the time. We’ve never had a situation like this,” said Sally Determan, president of the Lake Barcroft Association. “Residents are currently prohibited from swimming in the lake.” On Wednesday, Fairfax County police said a beaver attacked an 83-year-old woman on Tuesday night. According to Determan, a biologist estimated 12 to 15 beavers live on the lake. ABC 7 identified the 83-year-old woman as Lillian Peterson. Peterson suffered injuries to her arms and legs during the attack and was treated at INOVA Fairfax Hospital. Police later said the beaver tested positive for rabies…
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
An 83-year-old woman was attacked by a beaver while swimming in Lake Barcroft on Tuesday night.
Update 3 p.m. Wednesday: According to Fairfax County police, the beaver that attacked an 83-year-old woman on Tuesday night tested positive for the rabies virus. Rabies tends to attack the spinal cord and brain in humans, according to Fairfax County Animal Services. -- Original story posted at 11:09 a.m. An 83-year-old woman was attacked by a beaver while swimming in Lake Barcroft on Tuesday evening, according to Fairfax County police. The woman was attacked around 6 p.m., according to police. The woman was able to swim to shore and a neighbor struck the beaver with a branch until Animal Control officers were able to arrive. A neighbor called 911 and police and fire units arrived on scene shortly after. “We don’t know what caused the …