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Hikers woken by screams during Labrador polar bear attack ( Canada )
CBC News ^ | Aug 17, 2013

Posted on 08/17/2013 7:23:16 AM PDT by george76

Maine man badly injured in Torngat Mountains National Park.

A U.S. hiker vividly recalls the night one of his fellow campers was pulled from his tent and attacked by a polar bear in Torngat Mountains National Park in northern Labrador.

Matt Dyer, a lawyer from Maine, was badly injured during the attack at around 1:30 a.m. AT on July 24.

Richard Eisenberg was with Dyer and six other hikers as part of a Sierra Club hiking trip to the remote park.

He said the group woke up to the sounds of Dyer screaming as he was dragged from his tent.

"He only screamed twice, and I saw the bear dragging the tent and then pulling Matt out of the tent and carrying him off," Eisenberg told CBS News.

The bear ripped through the electric fence the group had set up around their campsite that night.

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Parks Canada strongly advises visitors to hire an armed bear guard during their stay, but it is not mandatory.

The Inuit bear guards are hired through the Nunatsiavut base camp set up within the park.

However, Castaneda-Mendez said his group was never offered the armed bear guard. He said his group was under the impression the portable electric fence was an adequate deterrent.

(Excerpt) Read more at cbc.ca ...


TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: animalrights; ar; attack; bear; bearattack; bearattacks; bears; canada; elf; labrador; maine; peta; petaelf; polarbear; polarbearattack; polarbearattacks; polarbears; sierraclub; timothytreadwell; treadwell
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1 posted on 08/17/2013 7:23:16 AM PDT by george76
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To: george76

By the title I though a polar bear and a Labrador got into a fight.


2 posted on 08/17/2013 7:25:33 AM PDT by mware
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To: george76

3 posted on 08/17/2013 7:25:55 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("When there is no penalty for failure, failures proliferate." George F. Will)
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To: jazusamo; Flycatcher; Squawk 8888; girlangler; LucyT; proud_yank; GladesGuru; AuntB

Forgot their little brass bells ?


4 posted on 08/17/2013 7:26:25 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

Getting dragged off by a polar bear. I’m surprised he survived.


5 posted on 08/17/2013 7:27:06 AM PDT by mware
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To: george76

“part of a Sierra Club hiking trip to the remote park. “

No pity.

Especially they built an electric fence and destroyed pristine cryptobiotic arctic soil diversity.


6 posted on 08/17/2013 7:28:41 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: george76

But I thought Nature was all Bambi and Thumper ...


7 posted on 08/17/2013 7:29:29 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: george76

This is what can happen when you voluntarily give up your spot at the top of the food chain.


8 posted on 08/17/2013 7:29:32 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: IronJack
Timothy Treadwell and his girlfriend at the time, Amy Huguenard, also thought Nature was all Bambi and Thumper.
9 posted on 08/17/2013 7:33:05 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: dfwgator

Does he taste like chicken?


10 posted on 08/17/2013 7:34:32 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: george76

The Sierra Club is worried about not enough polar bears. The polar bears are worried about not enough Sierra Club hikers.


11 posted on 08/17/2013 7:38:07 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: george76

Are they sure it was a bear? Perhaps this was an Inuit bear guard, dressed in a bear suit, angry that he wasn’t hired! (just joking here — no flames, please)


12 posted on 08/17/2013 7:39:36 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: george76

Cuz U.S. citizens can’t bring their handguns to Canada.


13 posted on 08/17/2013 7:39:38 AM PDT by G Larry (Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalms 109:8)
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To: mware
When the bear realized the guy was a lawyer it terminated the attack. It's a predator professional courtesy.
14 posted on 08/17/2013 7:42:20 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (To stay calm during these tumultuous times, I take Damitol. Ask your Doctor if it's right for you.)
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To: george76
Treadwell? I remember that name. That man was really into bears.
15 posted on 08/17/2013 7:43:13 AM PDT by BipolarBob
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To: Conspiracy Guy

Tasted rotten.


16 posted on 08/17/2013 7:44:00 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Perhaps this was an Inuit bear guard, dressed in a bear suit

I was thinking that out behind the bear guard's house is where you find the cages of all the trained attack bears.

17 posted on 08/17/2013 7:45:40 AM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: george76
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18 posted on 08/17/2013 7:49:41 AM PDT by baddog 219
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To: george76
bear: "doesn't taste like chicken.. or seal.
...warm dinner in a wrapper (a burrito :), how convenient!"

stupid tree-hugger; you place..put yourself in prime polar bear country,
in the open without any real protection during their fattening phase just
before the 7 month hibernation period.

19 posted on 08/17/2013 7:52:19 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income & tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: skinkinthegrass

They are Sierra Clubbers. There’s not enough functioning intelligence there to determine of water is wet.


20 posted on 08/17/2013 7:54:37 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: george76
Richard Eisenberg was with Dyer and six other hikers as part of a Sierra Club hiking trip to the remote park.

Let's hope they've belatedly acquired some respect for nature.

21 posted on 08/17/2013 8:00:12 AM PDT by Standing Wolf (No tyrant should ever be allowed to die of natural causes.)
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To: Norm Lenhart
I think you Overestimated, that capacity by a longshot.
..it's all about the butterflies..bambi & thumper

22 posted on 08/17/2013 8:01:54 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income & tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: skinkinthegrass

I was being generous ;)

When I was ED at Off-Road.com I had a lot of runnins and phone calls drom the Soerra Legal Defense fund. Even their lawyers are idiots.

Every time they called and threatened to sue us we’d gather round the speakerphone and mock them. Big fun ;)

They threatened to sue once because the Las Vegas Chapter got caught trying to have a motorized outing 40 miles into a no off road vehicle area and we did several articles on it.

I miss them days...


23 posted on 08/17/2013 8:05:38 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: george76
Timothy Treadwell and his girlfriend at the time, Amy Huguenard, also thought Nature was all Bambi and Thumper.

Ah, yes. Timothy Treadwell. Formerly known as "Grizzly Man." Now known as "Grizzly Poop."

24 posted on 08/17/2013 8:06:23 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: Puppage

If he’s a lawyer, probably tasted more like rattlesnake.


25 posted on 08/17/2013 8:07:52 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: george76

From the article: “The bear fence advertisement said that it
works as a deterrent.” And, “Another hiker, ... who was on the trip ..., said he thinks Parks Canada should strongly consider changing its policy for those visiting the Torngat Mountains.

Typical socialists (they’re in the Sierra Club): They
want new rules and regulations to protect them. They can’t
just say, We were not acting intelligently. Instead they
use their desire for more government intrusion for everyone
to mask the reality of their own poor choices.


26 posted on 08/17/2013 8:13:00 AM PDT by WKTimpco
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To: george76

Polar bears are arguably the most aggressive of all bears and most don’t have much fear of people unlike other bears outside of those that hung around idiots like Timothy Treadwell.


27 posted on 08/17/2013 8:14:53 AM PDT by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
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To: george76

Someone needs to look into a lawsuit against these despicable Sierra Club members for scaring this poor bear.Three to five years of jail time sounds about right.


28 posted on 08/17/2013 8:17:17 AM PDT by Cyman
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29 posted on 08/17/2013 8:18:31 AM PDT by ConradofMontferrat ( According to mudslimz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: george76

File under humor, Sierra Club hiking trip members out to see the pretty unspoiled wilderness and the endangered polar bears end up as crunchy munchies for the polar bears.


30 posted on 08/17/2013 8:21:08 AM PDT by RicocheT (Where neither their property nor their honor is touched, most men live content, Niccolo Machiavelli)
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"The bear fence advertisement said that it works as a deterrent," he said. "There was no reason to believe that that wasn't adequate."

Deterrents aren't foolproof, idiot. Dogs can go through electric fences if determined enough, let alone 1000 pound Polar Bears that do what bears do - eat. As far as the guide goes, were you rude to the Inuit by claiming to know their backyard better than them?

31 posted on 08/17/2013 8:23:53 AM PDT by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
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To: mware

Me too, and I’ve had 3 mugs of coffee. Heh.


32 posted on 08/17/2013 8:26:51 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: george76

Is woken a word? Should be awakened.


33 posted on 08/17/2013 8:31:02 AM PDT by lurk
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To: ConradofMontferrat

If only they could break into a rap, that would be priceless.


34 posted on 08/17/2013 8:32:51 AM PDT by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: ConradofMontferrat

Seeing that coming my way would seriously change the color of my shorts.


35 posted on 08/17/2013 8:34:28 AM PDT by Roccus
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To: george76

Evidently the bear did not know or care about professional courtesy.


36 posted on 08/17/2013 8:36:02 AM PDT by sport
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To: george76

Seems the Sierra Club lawyer was so obnoxious even a polar bear couldn’t stand him.


37 posted on 08/17/2013 8:37:32 AM PDT by jazusamo ("I am so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white." T. Sowell)
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To: george76

“Matt Dyer, a lawyer from Maine, was badly injured during the attack”

Bear found that lawyers taste like CRAP and spit him out!!!


38 posted on 08/17/2013 8:44:12 AM PDT by tired&retired
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Awwwwwwwwww . . .

Aren't they cute???


39 posted on 08/17/2013 8:46:06 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (I am in charge!)
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To: Puppage

I don’t know, but the bear could be heard growling something that sounded suspiciously like “finger lickin good”.


40 posted on 08/17/2013 8:51:56 AM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: G Larry
Cuz U.S. citizens can’t bring their handguns to Canada.

It would take more than a handgun to stop (notice, I said "stop") a polar bear attack. Guides in Kodiak country often carry the Marlin 444 lever, or a lever action in 45-70.

Besides, at 1:30 in the AM, being dragged out of one's tent in a dead sleep, I don't think the meal is going to have any chance to grab any gun.

41 posted on 08/17/2013 9:09:10 AM PDT by LouAvul (In a state of disbelief as to how liberals destroyed America in a mere 40 years.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Are they sure it was a bear? Perhaps this was an Inuit bear guard, dressed in a bear suit, angry that he wasn’t hired! (just joking here — no flames, please)

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Very clever. Good laugh!


42 posted on 08/17/2013 9:14:53 AM PDT by man_in_tx (Blowback (Faithfully farting twowards Mecca five times daily).)
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To: mware

“Getting dragged off by a polar bear. I’m surprised he survived.”

Your right, lucky for him all the bear wanted was the tent.


43 posted on 08/17/2013 9:15:17 AM PDT by depenzz ("My tastes are simple. I'm always satisfied by the best" WC)
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To: Norm Lenhart

And just where did they do their business? Did they soil the biota with their own brand of DNA?


44 posted on 08/17/2013 10:03:10 AM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: Sequoyah101

The excretions of a Sierra Clubber are naturally ecologically correct. Therefor they were at one with nature while being at one with nature...or something...


45 posted on 08/17/2013 10:04:36 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Darren McCarty

I thought they were friendly animals who like drinking Coca-Cola as depicted in the Coke commercial.


46 posted on 08/17/2013 10:10:27 AM PDT by Freedom of Speech Wins
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To: LouAvul

Ol Castaneda-Mendez must not be a very good safety conslutant. Deterrent does not mean barrier. It isn’t bear proof, fool.

“The bear fence advertisement said that it works as a deterrent,” he said. “There was no reason to believe that that wasn’t adequate.”

Castaneda-Mendez said he works as a safety consultant in the U.S. and has offered his service free of charge to Parks Canada and the outfitter his group used to help make changes to ensure appropriate safety policies are being executed.”

I don’t think his services would be worthwhile even if they were free.

Natural selection should have taken its course and we would be rid of these dopes. If there are any regulations that should change it would be to keep helicopters out of the park and tell people not to feed the bears.


47 posted on 08/17/2013 10:13:25 AM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: LouAvul

I’d rather have a large caliber revolver under my pillow and then let the bear decide whether it wants to break off the attack.

I don’t need others telling me what won’t work.


48 posted on 08/17/2013 10:45:50 AM PDT by G Larry (Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalms 109:8)
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To: G Larry
Restricted firearms:
Primarily handguns; however, pepper spray and mace are also included in this category. A restricted firearm may be brought into Canada, but an Authorization to Transport (ATT) permit must be obtained in advance from a Provincial or Territorial Chief Firearms Officer. The ATT will not be issued for hunting or self-protection purposes.

Non-restricted firearms:
Most ordinary hunting rifles and shotguns. These may be brought temporarily into Canada for sporting or hunting use during hunting season, for use in competition, for in-transit movement through Canada, or for personal protection against wildlife in remote areas of Canada. Anyone wishing to bring hunting rifles into Canada must be at least 18 years old, and the firearm must be properly stored for transport.

http://canada.usembassy.gov/traveling_to_canada/bringing-weapons-into-canada.html

49 posted on 08/17/2013 10:57:11 AM PDT by kanawa
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To: ConradofMontferrat

When the wife and I crossed the Rockies from Alberta to B.C. a few years ago, we saw a number of bears by the side of the road. Needless to say, we didn’t get out of the car and take a stroll into the woods.


50 posted on 08/17/2013 11:43:39 AM PDT by driftless2
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