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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.

(Excerpt) Read more at adn.com ...


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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