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Polar bear kills last villager
Sydney Morning Herald ^ | 10.16.03

Posted on 10/16/2003 7:11:29 PM PDT by mhking

A polar bear has killed the last villager on Russia's Vrangel island off the northern Chukotka peninsula, scientists at a local reserve said today.

The reserve's workers attempted to save Vasilina Alpaun, who was attacked on her own doorstep, but were too late.

The Ushakovskoye village had been abandoned since 1997, when its inhabitants were moved to the peninsula to make way for the bear reserve, but Alpaun, 25, returned to her old home shortly afterwards.

Bears roam free on the island and are rarely aggressive, the reserve's director Leonid Bove said, adding that the woman most likely provoked the animal.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; Russia; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: alaska; leftbehind; polarbear; russia; stoptheinsanity; wildlife; wrangellisland
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1 posted on 10/16/2003 7:11:30 PM PDT by mhking
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To: Howlin; Ed_NYC; MonroeDNA; widgysoft; Springman; Timesink; dubyaismypresident; Grani; coug97; ...
Just damn.

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2 posted on 10/16/2003 7:11:52 PM PDT by mhking (When it rains it pours: I'm looking for a job again -- any offers or help: mhking@bellsouth.net)
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To: mhking
"Just sing softly to it, it's harmless...."
4 posted on 10/16/2003 7:19:07 PM PDT by BiffWondercat
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To: mhking
"...the woman most likely provoked the animal."

What did she do, give it the middle finger?

5 posted on 10/16/2003 7:19:11 PM PDT by Batrachian
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To: mhking
Where are all the envirowakos when we need them? Any volunteers to move there to live in harmony with nature - bears?
6 posted on 10/16/2003 7:19:34 PM PDT by Leo Carpathian
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To: mhking
Bears roam free on the island and are rarely aggressive, the reserve's director Leonid Bove said, adding that the woman most likely provoked the animal.

What an idiot. Polar bears have hunted, killed, and eaten humans for millennia.

7 posted on 10/16/2003 7:20:09 PM PDT by dark_lord (The Statue of Liberty now holds a baseball bat and she's yelling 'You want a piece of me?')
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To: JackRyanCIA
Never provoke a polar bear.

Being in the presence of a bear can be provocation enough, those critters are unpredictable and highly dangerous. Never go around them without bear medicine.

8 posted on 10/16/2003 7:21:53 PM PDT by magslinger
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To: Batrachian
She may have startled him, and he then followed her to her house.
9 posted on 10/16/2003 7:22:47 PM PDT by TopQuark
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To: mhking
If an island becomes a bear reserve... stay away
10 posted on 10/16/2003 7:24:08 PM PDT by GeronL (Please visit www.geocities.com/geronl and http://freestateparty.50megs.com)
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To: Leo Carpathian
heheheh heh

Bear activist killed by Alaska grizzly
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/997664/posts
11 posted on 10/16/2003 7:24:12 PM PDT by visualops (If there must be trouble let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. -Thomas Paine)
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To: Batrachian
What did she do, give it the middle finger?

LOL!!! Always, ALWAYS flip it the bird! Never try to hand-feed a polar bear!
12 posted on 10/16/2003 7:25:22 PM PDT by Fawnn (Official Canteen wOOhOO Consultant ... and www.CookingWithPam.com person)
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To: magslinger
I think they're quite territorial, too.

True story: My parents, about 20 years ago, took a trip through northern Canada and landed, in a small plane, on ice somewhere. The pilot spotted a polar bear about a mile distant while they were looking around, and immediately told my parents to get back in the plane, they were taking off ASAP. They told me that the bear almost got the plane! It ran up to it and chased it as it was taking off and tried to grab it, just as they got off the ground...
13 posted on 10/16/2003 7:27:18 PM PDT by Judith Anne (Cyanide, mercury, and botulinum toxin are medically and industrially useful friends to mankind.)
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To: Batrachian
More likely that she provoked it by smelling like breakfast.
14 posted on 10/16/2003 7:28:41 PM PDT by Redcloak (I was going to write something clever here.)
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To: mhking
Provoked? Not known to be agressive? BULL POOP! Polar Bears are known to actively HUNT HUMAN BEINGS!!!! These tree huggers are such lying sacks of crap.

Polar bears are not cuddly little Coca Cola mascots.

15 posted on 10/16/2003 7:32:28 PM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: Redcloak
More likely that she provoked it by smelling like breakfast.

ROFLMAO!

16 posted on 10/16/2003 7:33:35 PM PDT by TheEngineer
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To: Judith Anne
I'm not at all surprised. Bears are pretty high on the food chain, and don't have a lot of fear. It would have taken that bear less than two minutes to cover that mile. He may have just been curious, but you can't tell what a bear will do next, because they don't even know.
17 posted on 10/16/2003 7:36:11 PM PDT by magslinger
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To: mhking
Say it with me now... IT'S BUSH'S FAULT!! ;)
18 posted on 10/16/2003 7:36:12 PM PDT by 4mycountry (Here's to Bush '04, Mr. Limbaugh, the outlawing of speedos and the banning of kiddie animes! *glug*)
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To: 4mycountry
Is Daschole saddened?
19 posted on 10/16/2003 7:37:31 PM PDT by magslinger
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To: visualops
A bear is a bear.
20 posted on 10/16/2003 7:38:23 PM PDT by AlwaysLurking
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To: mhking
Don't you just hate it when this happens. Another needless polar bear crime.

Perhaps if they gave the bear prozac, he would not be polar?

21 posted on 10/16/2003 7:39:48 PM PDT by lawdude (Liberalism: A failure every time it is tried!)
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To: Judith Anne
That could never happen today. The bear would still be going through security by the time the plane would take off.
22 posted on 10/16/2003 7:40:15 PM PDT by Shooter 2.5
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To: magslinger
Maybe that's why the pilot left the plane's engines running...
23 posted on 10/16/2003 7:40:26 PM PDT by Judith Anne (Cyanide, mercury, and botulinum toxin are medically and industrially useful friends to mankind.)
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To: magslinger
Deeply.
24 posted on 10/16/2003 7:40:45 PM PDT by 4mycountry (Here's to Bush '04, Mr. Limbaugh, the outlawing of speedos and the banning of kiddie animes! *glug*)
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To: mhking
Wait. I sense that we've found the location for the next PETA convention!
25 posted on 10/16/2003 7:42:43 PM PDT by Malacoda
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To: Shooter 2.5
Dad said he couldn't even see the bear when the pilot first spotted it, it was that far away. He said they were laughing about it, after they finished being near totally panicked.

I saw a stuffed polar bear over twelve feet tall, it used to be at a Famous-Barr store in NW Plaza, St. Louis County. That thing was too big to believe...
26 posted on 10/16/2003 7:42:49 PM PDT by Judith Anne (Cyanide, mercury, and botulinum toxin are medically and industrially useful friends to mankind.)
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To: mhking
"Sing softly to it." I suggest "Swing low, sweet chariot."
27 posted on 10/16/2003 7:43:58 PM PDT by Waco
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To: mhking
the woman most likely provoked the animal.

They killed a polar bear on the North Slope a couple years that was just minding its own business smashing into the cabin through the side wall approximately where the window was.

28 posted on 10/16/2003 7:44:53 PM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the Law of the Excluded Middle)
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To: Shooter 2.5
LOL
29 posted on 10/16/2003 7:45:32 PM PDT by nuconvert
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To: Judith Anne
the bear almost got the plane!

They do get the plane sometimes. Not good for the plane.

30 posted on 10/16/2003 7:46:19 PM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the Law of the Excluded Middle)
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Hey! Why wasn't that villager on the endangered species list?
31 posted on 10/16/2003 7:48:27 PM PDT by GeorgiaYankee (Hey Mainstream News Media, We ain't buying what you're selling anymore!)
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To: Malacoda
lol
32 posted on 10/16/2003 7:49:31 PM PDT by jwalburg (You're not moderate just because you know leftier leftists than yourself)
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To: mhking
Quincy's cousin
33 posted on 10/16/2003 7:50:11 PM PDT by jwalburg (You're not moderate just because you know leftier leftists than yourself)
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To: jwalburg
She shoulda cut a hole in the ice, and then surround it with peas. Then when the bear comes to inspect it and bends over to get a pea........ just kick him in the ice-hole.
34 posted on 10/16/2003 7:58:04 PM PDT by umgud (gov't has more money than it needs, but never as much as it wants)
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To: mhking
Wrangel Island is off the north coast of Siberia, very far east--further east than some of the Aleutian Islands. I saw a program once about pygmy mammoths that survived there long after mammoths had become extinct elsewhere. I don't know if polar bears had anything to do with their demise.
35 posted on 10/16/2003 8:02:35 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: umgud
NEVER kick a bear when it's trying to take a pea.
36 posted on 10/16/2003 8:07:48 PM PDT by MARTIAL MONK
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To: mhking
Environmentalists stink! They kick people off their land for "preserves", they have no right to do that. They are trying to kick a rancher off his ranch in New Mexico right now so it can become part of a "preserve". No wonder this person wanted to go back, it was her home.
37 posted on 10/16/2003 8:09:13 PM PDT by hedgetrimmer
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To: GeronL
Islands don't "become" bear reserves. Greedy people kick rural people off their land to make it into "preserves".
38 posted on 10/16/2003 8:09:58 PM PDT by hedgetrimmer
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To: lawdude
It must have been Bi-polar!
39 posted on 10/16/2003 8:12:21 PM PDT by TX Bluebonnet
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To: hedgetrimmer
well, yes. But when the bears show up.. its probably time to end the protests
40 posted on 10/16/2003 8:12:41 PM PDT by GeronL (Please visit www.geocities.com/geronl and http://freestateparty.50megs.com)
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To: GeronL
No, its time to defend your land. But they would have put her in prison if she killed the bear instead of the other way around.
41 posted on 10/16/2003 8:14:07 PM PDT by hedgetrimmer
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To: Shermy
Well, pass the word. Having successfully kicked India's ass in the "Tiger Victim" competition, we are now tied, 1-all with the Russkis for the Bear Attack Prize.

Let's get out there, gang. Take a bag of White Castles out to the garbage dump tonight, and get provocative!

42 posted on 10/16/2003 8:15:08 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk
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To: hedgetrimmer
Of course they would. They're wrong but they have too much power and she was alone. Too bad they don't have a free Republic.com in Russia.

AND don't tell me they do, cuz I won't listen.. nah nah nahnah

43 posted on 10/16/2003 8:16:07 PM PDT by GeronL (Please visit www.geocities.com/geronl and http://freestateparty.50megs.com)
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To: mhking
Had she recently gotten back from a trip to Las Vegas? Did she have big hair?
44 posted on 10/16/2003 8:18:18 PM PDT by Reaganesque
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To: GeronL
wha?
45 posted on 10/16/2003 8:19:46 PM PDT by hedgetrimmer
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To: Batrachian
"...the woman most likely provoked the animal." What did she do, give it the middle finger?

Probably one too many pitches high and inside.

46 posted on 10/16/2003 8:20:36 PM PDT by Moonman62
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To: hedgetrimmer
large bands of roving and ferocious freedom loving FReepers... they don't seem to have them n sufficient quantites.

Russia needs to established a preserve for their version of Freepers.

47 posted on 10/16/2003 8:21:29 PM PDT by GeronL (Please visit www.geocities.com/geronl and http://freestateparty.50megs.com)
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To: GeronL

Vrangel islanders
G.A. Ushakov is the author of three books and numerous articles, based on the results of north expeditions: "Vrangel Island Robinsons", "Island of Snowstorms", "On Untrodden Land". Last book was to be given a Stalin purse in 1953.

Since 1924 he has been a full member of Russian Geographical society. In 1926-29 he was the first Russia's representative on management and settlement of the Arctic Ocean islands: Vrangel and Gerald islands and chief of an expedition, realized according to a plan offered by him, having in result that the islands were practically secured for our country. Created the first detailed Vrangel island coast map, collected large scientific material on the nature and economic possibilities of the islands, on the ethnography of eskimoes and Chukchi men brought by him from the Chukotski Penninsula, on conditions of navigation in the islands region. He was rewarded the Order of the Red Labor Banner.
48 posted on 10/16/2003 8:25:45 PM PDT by hedgetrimmer
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To: mhking
"the woman most likely provoked the animal."

Right! Blame the victem.
49 posted on 10/16/2003 8:26:56 PM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (New tag line on back order.)
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To: hedgetrimmer
oooh, the Order of the red labor Banner...

They had so many 'prizes' with commie names it was ridiculous

50 posted on 10/16/2003 8:31:02 PM PDT by GeronL (Please visit www.geocities.com/geronl and http://freestateparty.50megs.com)
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