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Sequoia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:08 PM
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Bear suspected of killing two people in Katmai National Park
{They were from Malibu}

KING SALMON -- A man and a woman were fatally mauled in a bear attack in Katmai National Park and Preserve - the first known bear killings in the 4.7-million-acre park, National Park Service officials said Tuesday.

The bodies were found near Kaflia Bay on Monday when a pilot with Andrew Airways arrived to pick them up and take them to Kodiak, Alaska State Troopers said. The park is on the Alaska Peninsula. (Katmai National Park is famous for its bears.)

The pilot saw a bear, possibly on top of a body, in the camp and contacted the Park Service in King Salmon and troopers in Kodiak.

Park rangers encountered an aggressive bear when they arrived at the campsite and killed it. Investigators then found human remains buried by a bear near the campsite, which was in a brushy area with poor visibility.

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roguevalley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:13 PM
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1. I'm not surprised. This weird weather turn -global warning, I'm
sure- has made life hell for the bears. This is why I don't go on hikes. I'm too afraid of bears. What a terrible thing for everyone
involved.

I remember a few years ago, a European kid was hiking and they
only found his shoe. His father came to Alaska every year for
years searching the bush for his son. Tragic stuff.
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HuckleB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:18 PM
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2. Bottom line: Humans are not on the top of the food chain there.
That's the mantra that hikers and backpackers have to remember when traveling to Alaska, especially those of us who don't typically have to worry about bears on our local weekend backpacking trips.
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HuckleB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 05:56 PM
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7. They were experienced outdoors people...
This does make one wonder if a lack of food or other environmental factor was partly at play.
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Maple Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:20 PM
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3. Bears will do that
especially if you're in their territory.

People always blame the bears tho. Hardly fair.
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:23 PM
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4. Guess this wouldn't be the appropriate thread
far a "dealing with bears" joke, no matter how funny.
nope
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izzie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:28 PM
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5. Alaska always had these things in paper.
It was the bears country before us I guess. How many bears will they kill because of this? As we know Am. have a right to go any place and be safe. :nopity:
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DrGonzoLives Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:29 PM
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6. Who? Urlacher? Stewart? Thomas?
:evilgrin: sorry, couldn't resist.
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