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Blogger Karen  |  8/19/2009 1:21 AM  |  Flag  
The abbreviation for Alaska is AK, not AL (which is Alabama).

The reason why there were more deaths among the native population is because most natives are village dwellers, and villages tend to have a much higher dog ownership rate than people in the cities. That's because many more villagers use the dogs for transportation in the winter. It would be interesting to see these percentages normalized for rural vs urban dog ownership.

Blogger bitbypit  |  8/19/2009 2:02 AM  |  Flag  
Thank you for the state abbreviation correction. You "might" find related information in the Canadian fatal dog attack study (1990-2007), as the issues are similar with rural dog ownership. In fact, the abstract states the following:

"Free-roaming dog packs, reported only from rural communities, caused most on-reserve fatalities. Future studies are needed to assess if this rural/urban divide is observed in nonfatal attacks and if the breeds that bite in Canada are different from the breeds that killed."

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