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Hiker Death in Denali

Old Aug 25, 12, 9:38 pm
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Hiker Death in Denali

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012...park-bear-shot

A backpacker hiking inside Denali National Park was killed by a grizzly bear along Toklat River Friday afternoon. Day Hikers found a bloody backpack and torn clothing.
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Old Aug 25, 12, 9:48 pm
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How sad.

Per http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trave...elsewhere.html I will move this to the appropriate destination forum while leaving a 30-day re-direct in Travel News so folks can follow the story from there as well.

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Old Aug 26, 12, 11:35 am
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Very sad. This was the first person killed in Denali NP by a grizzly in the park's 95 year history.

http://www.nps.gov/dena/parknews/bearattackupdate2.htm

http://www.adn.com/2012/08/25/259954...y-bear-in.html

Unfortunately the backpacker didn't adhere to the rules about bear safety and etiquette that he learned during the bear orientation process. Being 50 yards from the bear for 8+ minutes taking photos (vs. moving away when the bear was sighted) was unfortunately his fatal mistake.
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Old Aug 26, 12, 7:36 pm
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Wow, I just heard the "never had a death from a bear mauling" from a Ranger on Tuesday. We actually spotted a bear in the Toklat River area during our trip.

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Much safer from a bus.

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Old Aug 27, 12, 5:05 pm
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When I was at Denali in May they stressed what to do in the event of a bear attack or if you saw one. He didn't follow the advice and he paid the price.
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Old Aug 27, 12, 6:33 pm
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One's life is way too high a price to pay for a set of really close up grizzly bear pictures. There's alot to be said for just enjoying one's memories of seeing a grizzly out in the wild. Hopefully others will learn from this individual's misfortune.
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Old Aug 28, 12, 12:22 pm
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One's life is way too high a price to pay for a set of really close up grizzly bear pictures. There's alot to be said for just enjoying one's memories of seeing a grizzly out in the wild. Hopefully others will learn from this individual's misfortune.
I was in Rocky Mountain NAtional Park in September a few years ago---that Saturday they had their annual free entrance day.

Thus you got more crowds who dont normally do national parks--thus they dont understand this is not a petting zoo.

Me and a few other people watching the Elk were talking of sertting up a betting table on who would get attached first.

There were these two Elk clashing and a bunch of people maybe 30 yards at most from it. A ranger tried to get them to move back---they wouldnt listen.
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Old Aug 28, 12, 1:54 pm
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In 2009, a friend and I did 3 nights backcountry camping in Denali. We did the training to get the permit but never saw a bear in Unit 31..... lots of bears from the bus but none while backcountry camping. Unit 10 where this happened is only a couple miles down the road on the other side. As mentioned before, he ignored a lot of the backcountry rules.

http://www.nps.gov/dena/planyourvisit/unitsys.htm
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