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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.

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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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To: BenLurkin

Stuff and Nonsense. The photographer was simply using the wrong lens.

The proper lens for Grizzly comes in a belted case and begins at .338 although some more experienced Grizzly photographers recommend the .375 or even .416 as minimal.


21 posted on 08/28/2012 8:19:46 AM PDT by To-Whose-Benefit? (It is Error alone which needs the support of Government. The Truth can stand by itself.)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

“...live peacefully with a panther.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1psCACHj4as


22 posted on 08/28/2012 8:23:14 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (ABO)
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To: RoosterRedux; kabumpo
Ha ha. First time I've heard of "Pittsburgh rare"

What's for dessert?
23 posted on 08/28/2012 8:25:16 AM PDT by evets (beer)
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To: BenLurkin

Click!
Click!
Click click!
CLICK! CLICK! CLICK!
Flash! Click!

SILENCE!! I KEEL You!!

Click click click flash click!!!

Aaargh..


24 posted on 08/28/2012 8:26:07 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (I will fear no muslim))
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To: bcsco
how dumb the American public has become

A couple of years ago, Mom and Dad went to Wyoming. Among other impressive sites, they saw herds of buffalo. Apparently, they roam all over the place out there, including across the roads.

They were stopped, and waiting for a few, including a Mother and her calves to cross the road right in front of them, when an idiot tourist family in a minivan behind them.....

......opened the van and sent their CHILDREN outside, to POSE with "cute baby buffalos".

Dad caused quite a stink when he grabbed the kids and got them into his car, fortunately before anyone was hurt. After the buffalo had ambled off (he said that the mother stopped and watched everyone until the calves were well away from the road) he let the kids out (obviously) and chewed on the driver of the minivan until he got tired of it.

The stupidity of people never ceases to amaze me.

25 posted on 08/28/2012 8:32:55 AM PDT by wbill
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To: BenLurkin

A shame that happened, but-if 300 yards is the recommended distance to maintain from the animal, there is a reason-it is a BEAR, damnit. And if you want pictures, that is why telephoto lenses were invented. Humans and wild animals were not meant to occupy the same space at the same time...


26 posted on 08/28/2012 8:33:36 AM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: freedomlover
I shook for about 30 minutes afterwards

When I was a teenager, I was fishing with my dad. We were hiking out on a logging road when we came across a freshly killed bear cub. It had been hit by a logging truck (we'd seen the truck not 5 minutes before) and we knew that Momma Bear was still close by.

It was the only time I've seen my father scared, in 40-odd years. It was the fastest, and quietest, hike out that I've ever done, before or since.

27 posted on 08/28/2012 8:39:42 AM PDT by wbill
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To: wbill

My wife and I had essentially the same situation happen in Yellowstone back in 1991. We were on our way through the park coming in from the Cook City entrance, when we came upon a Cadillac stopped in the road with two buffalo standing beside it; one on each side of the car. It was obvious the buffalo wanted to move down to the stream to our left, but the car interrupted their movement, then stopped between them.

The passenger door opens and a woman gets out and proceeds to take a photo of the buffalo on her side. The buffalo couldn’t have been more than 6-8’ from her. My wife and I sat there dumb struck. Luckily, she got back into the car which drove off. We sat there until the two buffalo moved off toward the stream, Then drove off. What idiots.


28 posted on 08/28/2012 8:45:48 AM PDT by bcsco (Bourbon gets better with age...I age better with Bourbon.)
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To: wbill

Obviously those folks did not realize that even young Bison are unpredictable, temperamental and dangerous-when my brother and I were kids, an uncle had a “pet” Brahma bull that was supposedly “gentle”, but the creature chased us over fences, across pastures and up into trees every time we ventured within sight. And that was just a garden variety, domestic bovine...


29 posted on 08/28/2012 8:50:11 AM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: bcsco
Buffalo #1: "Did you see that idiot?"

Buffalo #2: "Yeah, but she was driving a nice Cadillac....didn't want to take the chance of scratching the paint."

Buffalo #1: "Yeah. Some People, hunh?"

...And so on. Sounds to me like (barring you and your wife) the Buffalo were the smartest ones there.

30 posted on 08/28/2012 8:52:06 AM PDT by wbill
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To: Texan5
the creature chased us over fences

When I was only a little kid, my uncle had a mean old Bull that chased me out of the pasture.

The next time I came to visit, we ate him. (the bull, not my uncle).

Mom and Dad were worried what I'd think, me being only a tad. I didn't care, thought that the steak was delicious. And, it was an excellent lesson for me in how the food chain works. :-)

31 posted on 08/28/2012 8:55:05 AM PDT by wbill
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To: wbill

We were both praying real hard that the buffalo didn’t attack. We were parked about 50 yards behind the car so it wasn’t far at all. We did NOT want to see that woman gored by the buffalo, reckless or not.


32 posted on 08/28/2012 8:57:47 AM PDT by bcsco (Bourbon gets better with age...I age better with Bourbon.)
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To: TexasCajun

I was going to post the same thing, TexasCajun. I hate how they kill these animals because some photographer was an idiot.


33 posted on 08/28/2012 8:57:52 AM PDT by jan in Colorado (In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act. --George Orwell.)
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To: RoosterRedux

I didn’t’ see any either.


34 posted on 08/28/2012 8:59:29 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Hardraade
"...SILENCE!! I KEEL You!!..."



You stole my line. Now I'm going to have to keel you.
35 posted on 08/28/2012 9:06:14 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (The LEFT's intolerance of the RIGHT is intolerable.)
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To: BenLurkin

36 posted on 08/28/2012 9:14:13 AM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: evets
I'm guessing he'll want this for desert, served on top of a real honeycomb...hold the bees, pleese!


37 posted on 08/28/2012 9:18:02 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: evets

lol


38 posted on 08/28/2012 9:20:23 AM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: wbill; freedomlover; bcsco

I got one too. About 10 years ago my family visited Glacier National Park and Waterton over on the Canadian side.

Driving along one of the highways we spotted a couple grizzle bear cubs. We passed by them to about maybe 150 yards away then broke out the spotting scope. They were just upslope of the road, but eventually wandered into the ditch next to the road. A car pulled up beside us, with a family of 4 Japanese tourist- mom, dad, and a boy and girl that looked to be about 6 and 4, respectively.

To our utter disbelief, they got out of the car, the dad grabbed a camera, and the mom pointed and (apparently) instructed the kids to go pose next to the cubs for a picture. My dad intercepted them before they got there. The Japanese guy started indignantly arguing with him in broken English.

The potential argument was headed off by momma bear appearing in the brush about 75 yards uphill from the cubs and crashing her way at an angle downslope and toward us at full speed bellowing. She stopped at the ditch. A truly terrifying and intimidating sight. The Japanese couple grabbed their kids and sped off down the highway. Momma bear looked us over, then walked back uphill with the cubs in tow. If we’d been closer Momma bear I suspect momma bear would’ve taken the charge all the way- there was never any preceding show of intimidation or attempt to recall her cubs— she just went for it. Seeing her charging like that made 150 yards seem like 25.

The Asian tourists (as in actually from Asian countries) in our wilderness areas drive me f*cking nuts, specifically the Japanese ones. At Logan Pass in Glacier National Park there are some plants that are only found on the pass. There’s a network of boardwalks installed so people don’t trample the plants. There are signs in the language of pretty much every potential visitor there, including Japanese, stating that the plants are incredibly rare, cannot survive much disturbance, and that people should stay on the boardwalks so as not to damage them, nor should they do anything to them. Despite this, there was a very harried ranger who was spending literally her entire time chasing Japanese tourists back onto the boardwalks and stopping them from picking the flowers. I’ve seen them exhibit similar behavior at Yellowstone, Jasper, Waterton; pretty much any wilderness area.

I don’t know what it is, must be something cultural, but the visitors from Asia, again, especially the Japanese, don’t seem to respect our wild lands whilst at the same time back home they hold mountains to be literally sacred. I just don’t get it. They also seem not to realize that wild animals can kill you, but I attribute that to most of them only having seen them in safe environments like a zoo or a TV documentary.

Can anyone help me understand what it is about Japanese tourists and disrespecting our wild lands? Seriously, they are, collectively, the worst-behaving group I’ve ever seen. Don’t get me wrong, some are just fine, but then again don’t get me started on the guy at a geyser in Yellowstone who jumped the fence and started chipping rocks off with a hammer to take back home...


39 posted on 08/28/2012 9:25:58 AM PDT by verum ago (Be a bastard, and Karma'll be a bitch.)
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To: BenLurkin

This guy died from being an idiot...the bear died from being a bear. Does’nt seem fair!!


40 posted on 08/28/2012 9:26:44 AM PDT by ontap
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To: ontap

Does’nt =Doesn’t


41 posted on 08/28/2012 9:28:27 AM PDT by ontap
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To: wbill
When I was only a little kid, my uncle had a mean old Bull that chased me out of the pasture.

The next time I came to visit, we ate him. (the bull, not my uncle).

That reminds me of a story I had not thought about in decades. When my Dad was a little child, his job was feeding the chickens. One day a mean rooster attacked and chased my Dad crying from the hen yard. He told my grandmother. Guess who came to the house for dinner that night? Revenge is best served batter-fried.

42 posted on 08/28/2012 10:11:55 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: verum ago

I’m not qualified to answer your questions about Japanese intrusion, but have seen it in everyday Americans as well. Part of it is the erosion of our culture, erosion of respect, and a decline in moral values. I’m sure it has crossed many, if not all, cultures over the past decades.

Everyone has an ‘What’s in it for me’ attitude, and has learned not to care about the harm they may do if it meets their own immediate needs (or beliefs). And our education system has failed us on giving our students a well-grounded, and well-rounded education where we have the ability to think about issues, and make better choices in our lives; whatever the situation.


43 posted on 08/28/2012 10:21:05 AM PDT by bcsco (Bourbon gets better with age...I age better with Bourbon.)
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To: jan in Colorado

Agreed! One more screwup by a dingaling human costs the life of an animal just functioning normally.


44 posted on 08/28/2012 10:21:25 AM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: TexasRepublic

I was just going to mention about a rooster that chased me out of the stock pen when I was 10yo... That rooster was as big as me (and 100x more aggressive)!!


45 posted on 08/28/2012 10:30:45 AM PDT by Bikkuri (Choose, a communist, socialist, or Patriot)
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To: BenLurkin
"nuff said

CC

46 posted on 08/28/2012 10:39:50 AM PDT by Celtic Conservative (Q: how did you find America? A: turn left at Greenland)
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To: jan in Colorado
Liberals & the Animal Rights crowd always portray wild animals as our fury friends, meaning no harm.

Next thing you know, some photographer is ate.

47 posted on 08/28/2012 10:48:13 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: TexasRepublic
One day a mean rooster attacked and chased my Dad crying from the hen yard. He told my grandmother. Guess who came to the house for dinner that night? Revenge is best served batter-fried.

When my boy had just learned to toddle, and the snow melted in the spring, he went out in the yard with us. The rooster saw him walking for the first time and it came over, eyeballing him sideways. Then it puffed up and came for him. The rooster was dead with a wrung neck in seconds. My wife looked at me with surprise. I said there is no need to have a mean rooster.

48 posted on 08/28/2012 11:14:45 AM PDT by eartrumpet
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To: bcsco
That reminds me of a visit to Rocky Mt. National Park in Colorado (my usual vacation destination). I was photographing a large herd of elk which was gradually moving to surround me. I kept backing off and they kept coming closer, grazing and utterly unperturbed. I was a lot more nervous than they seemed to be, knowing about maintaining a "safe" distance. I was so close that I could hear the elk calves making this cat-like mewing noise, something I never knew that they did. I saw an elk cow nearly stomp a coyote that was trying for her calf. I was simply mesmerized by the gift of being that close to these beautiful animals. Then I saw the herd bull. He was enormous, with a rack of antlers the size of an armchair. He was also grazing only about 30' from me, very peacefully. And I wanted to keep it that way. I kept backing slowly away from the elk so as not to spook them. Then I saw some animal-ignorant tourists coming right up to the elk like they were some sort of petting zoo animals. I was aghast, and envisioned that herd bull running someone right through with his magnificent antlers. I told them in your basic sotto voce growl, "Get away from those animals. Do you want to DIE? Get back!!" They didn't fear the elk, but they sure took ME seriously. A couple of minutes later, a ranger pulled up and told me, "Thank you. You may have prevented a tragedy."

Those dummies are NOT invited to come on my next student field trip!

Here is my own bear picture. I was hiking through Roxborough State Park in CO with my friend Laura when we noticed a couple of people paying attention to a small group of bushes. We went to check it out. It was a BEAR!! A sub-adult black bear, not just a cub. It was fortunately very busy eating some kind of berries in the bushes and paying no attention to us. I snapped a hasty picture (below) and told everyone that bears could run about 30 mph, could catch right up to you and maul you. I told them to clear way back, which they did. Otherwise, I did not want to be in a situation where I was unarmed, un-bear-sprayed, with nothing between me and a bear.


49 posted on 08/28/2012 11:25:52 AM PDT by EinNYC
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To: EinNYC

“...very busy eating some kind of berries in the bushes...”

A great pic of how wildlife is often encountered. We often see them fleetingly, barely through the thicket, or with poor light for photography.


50 posted on 08/28/2012 11:37:30 AM PDT by Monterrosa-24 (...even more American that a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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