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San Diego man dies in Denali grizzly attack
Anchorage Daily News ^ | August 25, 2012 | Casey Grove

Posted on 08/26/2012 11:20:17 AM PDT by jazusamo

A grizzly attacked and killed a lone backpacker in Denali National Park and Preserve on Friday after the man encountered the bear next to a river and lingered there snapping pictures, according to the National Park Service.

The death is the first fatal bear mauling in Alaska in seven years and the only one in the 6-million-acre park's recorded history, going back more than 90 years, the Park Service said.

"It's an extremely rare event, and it's not common that we even have injuries related to bears," said park spokeswoman Maureen McLaughlin. "We don't see a lot, and we think some of that is due to our education."

But the man -- identified late Saturday as 49-year-old San Diego, Calif., resident Richard White -- apparently ignored key parts of that education, which the Park Service says he received prior to heading into the Denali wilderness, in part of the park where there are no trails. Photos on White's camera showed he stayed near the bear, instead of leaving the area, as required by his permit, park officials said.

Alaska Wildlife Troopers assisting park rangers shot a large male grizzly Saturday believed to have killed White and cached his body the day before, the Park Service said. The rangers had been unable to recover White's remains for more than 24 hours, but retrieved him late Saturday, a park spokeswoman said.

It was Friday afternoon, when three hikers on a day trip found White's backpack on a gravel bar along the Upper Toklat River, about three miles from a rest area of the seasonal road that runs through the park, the Park Service said. Looking closer, there was evidence of a violent struggle: blood and torn clothes.

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TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: alaska; bear; darwin; darwinaward; grizzly; grizzlyattack; grizzlybear; maul
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Very sad. Sounds like his own stupidity may have been part of the cause, much like Timothy Treadwell.
1 posted on 08/26/2012 11:20:26 AM PDT by jazusamo
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To: george76; Flycatcher; girlangler; SJackson

Outdoor Ping?


2 posted on 08/26/2012 11:22:08 AM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Another nominee for this year’s Darwin Award!


3 posted on 08/26/2012 11:25:47 AM PDT by Trueblackman (I would rather lose on Conservative principles than vote for a RINO candidate.)
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To: jazusamo
The park guidelines dictate that no one should get closer than a quarter mile to a bear.

Apparently, he got to within 50 yards.

Suicide by grizzly?

4 posted on 08/26/2012 11:29:26 AM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: jazusamo
The park guidelines dictate that no one should get closer than a quarter mile to a bear.

Apparently, he got to within 50 yards.

Suicide by grizzly?

5 posted on 08/26/2012 11:29:35 AM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: jazusamo
What tourist sees:

What the bear sees:


6 posted on 08/26/2012 11:30:00 AM PDT by freedumb2003 (obozo could bring back literal slavery with chains and still he will get 85+% of the black vote)
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To: Trueblackman

That’s what happens when you willingly give up your place at the top of the food chain.


7 posted on 08/26/2012 11:30:24 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Flycatcher
If suicide wasn't his intent it sure turned out that way. I wonder how close the bear was in the last photo?
8 posted on 08/26/2012 11:33:10 AM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
Hello, lunch boy!


9 posted on 08/26/2012 11:40:19 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Harry Reid [PERVERT-NV] has Vickie-the-goat in lingerie & stiletto heels, tied-up in his office.)
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To: jazusamo

Not surprised he was from Kalifornia. RIP


10 posted on 08/26/2012 11:45:00 AM PDT by Man from Oz
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To: jazusamo

Guess he didn’t get the safety briefing from the park rangers - “Bears think people taste like chicken.”


11 posted on 08/26/2012 11:45:12 AM PDT by Perseverando (Gun control? It's the OBOTS who are filling up prisons for violent crimes, not the Tea Party.)
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To: jazusamo

One less Obabma voter.


12 posted on 08/26/2012 11:47:23 AM PDT by hadaclueonce (you are paying 12% more for fuel because of Ethanol. Smile big Corn Lobby,)
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To: jazusamo

Timothy Treadwell: Grisly, Man.

13 posted on 08/26/2012 11:47:42 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: jazusamo

Denali is not a river in Egypt.

14 posted on 08/26/2012 11:49:41 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: martin_fierro

Yep, the sad thing about Timmy is he got his girlfriend shredded also.


15 posted on 08/26/2012 11:50:34 AM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

bookmark


16 posted on 08/26/2012 11:50:50 AM PDT by DFG ("Dumb, Dependent, and Democrat is no way to go through life" - Louie Gohmert (R-TX))
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To: jazusamo
But they're so huggable!


17 posted on 08/26/2012 11:54:04 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: jazusamo

It’s sad this young man died and it’s sad the bear had to die, as well. Unfortunately, once a bear has tasted human flesh, they develop an almost insatiable appetite for it. They are literally driven to find human meat. There have been at least two cases where man-eating Alaskan bears moved to New York city to increase their chances at catching their favored prey.


18 posted on 08/26/2012 12:02:19 PM PDT by Krankor (used in the shooting but, if they couldn't find the gun)
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To: jazusamo

Did the guy have porkchops tied to a necklace around his neck?


19 posted on 08/26/2012 12:08:10 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Krankor
There have been at least two cases where man-eating Alaskan bears moved to New York city to increase their chances at catching their favored prey.

I hope they start with the idiot mayor there.

20 posted on 08/26/2012 12:08:36 PM PDT by NohSpinZone (First thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers)
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To: Trueblackman

And his parents probably thought he would never amount to S#!^...


21 posted on 08/26/2012 12:08:36 PM PDT by sharkshooting
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To: jazusamo

Oh, there’s a bunch of land that’s pretty to look at where bears live - let’s make it a park!

The bear wanted food and there it was. He even stored the food after he ate what he wanted at that time.

What? A bear in his own home area got meat and we killed him. I suppose since the bears are not safe in their own homeland, they should go to towns and try for food there.

Close the damn park and leave the bears alone. I’m not a tree hugger but there won’t be any God made animals left if we keep taking their land. That poor bear didn’t know why he was being killed.


22 posted on 08/26/2012 12:18:43 PM PDT by Marcella (Conservatism is dead. PREPARE)
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To: martin_fierro
S. Diegan in Denial of Denali Danger, Dies.
23 posted on 08/26/2012 12:19:24 PM PDT by mikrofon (Dinner)
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To: jazusamo

I am a city girl but even I would know not to do this.

Can you imagine what the bear must have concluded about this guy, as he just stood his ground.

Why do people who don’t understand the wilderness go there? I don’t go there. I probably wouldn’t last 24 hours.

Heck, I almost drowned in a creek this year. Yay me, I’ll never live that down. But at least I’m alive not to live it down.

KNOW YOUR LIMITS!


24 posted on 08/26/2012 12:22:29 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: jazusamo

Lone backpacker? Sad but anyone going solo back packing or hiking is begging for trouble.

May God comfort his family.


25 posted on 08/26/2012 12:22:41 PM PDT by willibeaux (de ole Korean War vet age 82)
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To: NohSpinZone

Bears are too smart, they know eating crap is bad for you.


26 posted on 08/26/2012 12:23:17 PM PDT by JimC214
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To: Revolting cat!

That bear is scarier looking that a real bear! He’s got the crazy eyes!


27 posted on 08/26/2012 12:28:30 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: jocon307

This guy was an idiot, he had instruction on the do’s and dont’s to get the hiking permit and ignored them.


28 posted on 08/26/2012 12:28:47 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: NohSpinZone
"I hope they start with the idiot mayor there."

And wash it down with a 64 oz. megabig gulp.

29 posted on 08/26/2012 12:32:53 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: jazusamo

You jokers oughta consider the victim’s girlfriend Bertha of Berkeley who has to bear this loss.


30 posted on 08/26/2012 12:35:40 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Marcella

When I say close the park, I mean for the government to get out and leave the land and it’s citizens (the bears and other creatures) alone. Then, people can go there if they want to take a chance the citizens may attack and eat them.


31 posted on 08/26/2012 12:37:58 PM PDT by Marcella (Conservatism is dead. PREPARE)
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To: Krankor

“There have been at least two cases where man-eating Alaskan bears moved to New York city to increase their chances at catching their favored prey.”

I wondered if you were confusing bear with cougar?

Cougars from all over America migrate to Ft. Lauderdale and Daytona every Spring Break in search of their prey.


32 posted on 08/26/2012 12:38:29 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."...the public interest)
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To: jazusamo

33 posted on 08/26/2012 12:40:28 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: Bratch

Bears repeating.


34 posted on 08/26/2012 12:41:41 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: jazusamo

My step nephew use to give hiking tours in Alaskan bear country. One fellow asked him what he should do if he saw a bear. Stevy replied, “Whatever you do, don’t run in my direction”.


35 posted on 08/26/2012 12:44:55 PM PDT by Bellflower (The LORD is Holy, separated from all sin, perfect, righteous, high and lifted up.)
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To: GladesGuru
No, he means bears.


36 posted on 08/26/2012 12:45:02 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Revolting cat!

LOL!

Bertha of Berkeley is darn lucky she didn’t go with him like Timmy’s girlfriend did.


37 posted on 08/26/2012 12:45:07 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: GladesGuru

No, I saw them on the train. They were bears.


38 posted on 08/26/2012 12:52:10 PM PDT by Krankor
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To: jazusamo

That’s my problem with Treadwell. He had left the area. Then went back with his girlfriend. He knew it to be dangerous. If a guy does something dangerous but foolish, and endangers no one else? Fine. But to take a young girl into this a grizzly infested area? Nuts!


39 posted on 08/26/2012 12:55:55 PM PDT by donozark (Never loan money to a preacher.)
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To: donozark

Amen, exactly right.


40 posted on 08/26/2012 1:02:08 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: Bratch
Pepper Spray? It works...they say. In the advertisements...

Reminds me of a funny story:Guy hunting elk in grizzly country. Indian guide asked him what his backup weapon was. Hunter replied:".357 Magnum." Guide said,"Did you file off the front sight?" Hunter said,"No. Why?" Guide says,"So when the bear shoves it up your ass it won't hurt as much."

41 posted on 08/26/2012 1:02:33 PM PDT by donozark (Never loan money to a preacher.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

42 posted on 08/26/2012 1:08:41 PM PDT by NohSpinZone (First thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers)
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To: Marcella

Yeah. People belong in cities and should be made to stay there where they won’t disturb the wildlife. /s


43 posted on 08/26/2012 1:11:14 PM PDT by Chuckster (The longer I live the less I care about what you think.)
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To: Chuckster

“Yeah. People belong in cities and should be made to stay there where they won’t disturb the wildlife. /s”

No, what I said is the government should not take over our natural land and kill animals that do something they don’t want it to do. People could then make their own decision whether they want to go there or not.


44 posted on 08/26/2012 1:57:46 PM PDT by Marcella (Conservatism is dead. PREPARE)
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To: jazusamo
Looking closer, there was evidence of a violent struggle:

It was violent and it was a struggle; but a grizzly bear encounter with an unarmed man is definitely not a violent struggle.

45 posted on 08/26/2012 2:09:36 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: martin_fierro

Looks like grizzly bears also shit in open fields, too!


46 posted on 08/26/2012 2:11:05 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: SeaHawkFan
Yep, the only struggle was him trying to get away from the grizzly and that just doesn't happen unless a person is armed in some way and maybe not then either.
47 posted on 08/26/2012 2:16:07 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: martin_fierro

Someone should take that Treadwell pic and photoshop it so that Treadwell is holding an “Eat Mor Chikin” sign, like in the Chick Fil A ads.


48 posted on 08/26/2012 2:55:06 PM PDT by RatSlayer
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To: jazusamo

I really wish that they wouldn’t kill the bear involved, though they always do. It was only doing what bears do.


49 posted on 08/26/2012 5:04:18 PM PDT by OldPossum
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50 posted on 08/28/2012 4:56:01 AM PDT by SJackson (I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people people die of natural causes)
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