Grizzly Bear Photography Gone Bad
Sunday 26 August 2012 — Category: Miscellaneous
I read the news today, oh boy! Grizzly mauls hiker to death at Denali National Park; bear shot.
A backpacker hiking inside Denali National Park was killed by a grizzly bear after a violent struggle, the park said in a statement Saturday. The death was the first fatal bear mauling inside the huge park in Alaska.While I can understand the intense desire to get an awesome close-up bear photo, it’s hard to ignore the fact that grizzly bears are dangerous animals, and can become very agressive when they feel threatened. And then there was the park rule to stay at least a quarter of a mile away from any bears. Disobey at your own risk!
Reuters reported that Denali park Superintendent Paul Anderson said the bear suspected of attacking the man on Friday afternoon, a large male grizzly, was found near the body and was shot from a helicopter Saturday afternoon.
A camera found near the backpack showed that the hiker had photographed the bear for more than eight minutes and appeared to have come within 50 yards of the animal before he was attacked, Anderson said.
The photographs do not show the attack, Anderson said. “They show the bear grazing in the willows and not acting aggressive in any form or manner during that period of time,” he said.
Park rules require people to stay a quarter-mile away from bears and to immediately back away at a slow pace if they find themselves to be closer.