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Images show grizzly bear just before it killed photographer
lat ^ | August 27, 2012 | 7:40 am

Posted on 08/28/2012 7:50:07 AM PDT by BenLurkin

Officials have reviewed photos taken by a San Diego man of a grizzly bear in Alaska's Denali National Park just before the animal killed him.

Richard White, 49, was standing 50 to 100 yards away from the bear that ultimately mauled him Friday, according to images found on his camera, park spokeswoman Maureen McLaughlin said. He is the first person to die in a bear attack in the history of the park, which covers 4.7-million acres.

Hikers are typically advised to stay at least 300 yards away from a bear, McLaughlin said.

The bear, which weighed an estimated 600 pounds, was shot and killed by a state trooper as he was defending the spot where White's remains were found.

The incident began Friday afternoon when three hikers found a camera, a backpack and evidence of a violent struggle, including torn clothing and blood, along the Toklat River. They reported what they found to park rangers, who sent a helicopter and a fixed-wing aircraft to search for White, officials said.

Rangers in the helicopter determined that the bear had dragged White's remains from a flat expanse along the river to a more secluded brushy area 150 yards away, where it stored its food.

Investigators determined the bear had killed White after reviewing the bear's stomach contents, the images on the camera and other evidence, officials said. The pictures showed the bear foraging in the brush along the Toklat River, McLaughlin said.

"For a good [part] of that time, the bear was unaware that anyone was there," McLaughlin said. "There were no dramatic signs of aggression."

Park officials imposed an emergency closure prohibiting all hiking and camping in that portion of the park and others nearby until further notice.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimesblogs.latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Outdoors
KEYWORDS: alaska; bear; denalinationalpark; grizzly
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1 posted on 08/28/2012 7:50:12 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Were links to the photos at source? I couldn’t find them.


2 posted on 08/28/2012 7:54:42 AM PDT by RoosterRedux (Obama: "If you've got a business -- you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen.")
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To: BenLurkin

Some of the comments on that link show how dumb the American public has become.


3 posted on 08/28/2012 7:54:42 AM PDT by bcsco (Bourbon gets better with age...I age better with Bourbon.)
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To: BenLurkin
"He is the first person to die in a bear attack in the history of the park, which covers 4.7-million acres.

I don't believe that this is true. An individual was attacked and killed there while I was living in Alaska (82 to 86). We had been camping in the vicinity of where the attack occurred the previous day.

4 posted on 08/28/2012 7:55:34 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Had enough of the freaks running the show yet?)
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To: BenLurkin

"And this little piddy had none"

And then, tragedy struck.

5 posted on 08/28/2012 7:55:50 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: P.O.E.

I guess he forgot to yell “I LOVE YOU” to the bear!/S


6 posted on 08/28/2012 8:00:52 AM PDT by 9422WMR (Life is not fair, just deal with it.)
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To: RoosterRedux
Here's the pic:

7 posted on 08/28/2012 8:01:15 AM PDT by evets (beer)
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To: P.O.E.; SunkenCiv; neverdem

Not a tragedy.

.. “And then Nature struck.”

Our cavemen ancestors - those that survived to breed at least - knew better than to try to “live peacefully” with grizzly bears and panthers.

Come to think of it, grizzly bears and panthers/cougars/mountain lions were deadly threats even through the mid 1850’s in most places in the US and Canada.


8 posted on 08/28/2012 8:01:15 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: BenLurkin

I do know one thing, Miss Tami Rivera doesn’t have the sense to pour piss out of a boot with the instructions written on the heel. And there are several others there that fit in that group.


9 posted on 08/28/2012 8:01:45 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: BenLurkin

Always go camping with a fat person who smokes.


10 posted on 08/28/2012 8:01:56 AM PDT by 109ACS (If this be Treason, then make the most of it. Patrick Henry, May 1765)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Was the area actually a park at the time?


11 posted on 08/28/2012 8:04:50 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: BenLurkin

50 to 100 yards can be covered by a grizzly bear in no time.


12 posted on 08/28/2012 8:05:57 AM PDT by AU72
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To: BenLurkin
Why did they have to kill the poor bear?

The bear was just being a bear!

13 posted on 08/28/2012 8:06:25 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: evets
lol...looks like he's ready for dinner.

"May I have the hiker please...Pittsburgh rare?"

14 posted on 08/28/2012 8:06:30 AM PDT by RoosterRedux (Obama: "If you've got a business -- you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen.")
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

“Our cavemen ancestors - - knew better than to try to “live peacefully” with grizzly bears and panthers.”

That’s because they didn’t have the money-grubbing Walt Disney to indoctrinate children into believing all nature is benign, except for mankind, of course.


15 posted on 08/28/2012 8:07:04 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

I think it was very early in our history that the phrase, “discretion is the better part of valor”, came into common usage.


16 posted on 08/28/2012 8:08:21 AM PDT by JimSEA
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To: txrefugee
And car companies convincing people that bears give a s--t about what kind of car they drive.


17 posted on 08/28/2012 8:08:33 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: evets

I love this photo, I remember it from a year ago - and having a bunch of neo-Neanderthals pile on me.
Yes, animals are dangerous and can hurt/kill us, but there is also this side of them, and it is also real -
I just love this picture.


18 posted on 08/28/2012 8:12:28 AM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: BenLurkin
Seems to me, if you're already THIS close... getting the hell outta Dodge isn't an option.


19 posted on 08/28/2012 8:16:46 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If Obama is reelected, America will deserve every mockery that follows.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I read her comments, and I agree with her to the extent she is disappointed that the bear has to be killed because a human entered its kill zone. I understand the taste of blood argument, though.

Frankly most of the comments I read seemed pretty sane; man takes pretty pics of cute little bear, next thing you know Mr Bear is opening him up.

I accidentally came upon a bear about 50 feet away in N Ga and will never forget it. If he wanted me, I was dead. I shook for about 30 minutes afterwards.


20 posted on 08/28/2012 8:19:13 AM PDT by freedomlover
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