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08/26/2012 05:45:44 PM · #1
Tragic story: A hiker in Alaska's Denali National Park photographed a grizzly bear for at least eight minutes before the bear mauled and killed him.
08/26/2012 05:53:42 PM · #2
Man, I gotta get glasses - I swore you wrote "Hitler takes pictures..."

Tragic, but...

"The hiker was backpacking alone along the Toklat River on Friday afternoon when he came within 50 yards of the bear, far closer than the quarter-mile of separation required by park rules, officials said."
08/26/2012 06:36:31 PM · #3
Originally posted by Art Roflmao:

Man, I gotta get glasses - I swore you wrote "Hitler takes pictures..."

Tragic, but...

"The hiker was backpacking alone along the Toklat River on Friday afternoon when he came within 50 yards of the bear, far closer than the quarter-mile of separation required by park rules, officials said."


It always makes me nervous when Art and I think the same thing -- I also thought it said Hitler.

Here in the Smokies, we have an "occasional" bear "attack." In EVERY instance that I remember, it was a case of someone getting too close to a bear or the cubs, and the bear going on defense mode.

In one of the most recent cases, a tourist was trying to lure a bear closer to get a better picture. The bear got close enough to take a swipe at the person's shoe. The bear was then euthanized because ANY attack is deemed aggression.

I do terribly hate it for this person and his family (especially). Perhaps what makes it so tragic is that it is completely and totally avoidable with a little common (which obviously is no longer common) sense and following the rules the park service issues.
08/26/2012 06:51:06 PM · #4
Originally posted by karmat:

Originally posted by Art Roflmao:

Man, I gotta get glasses - I swore you wrote "Hitler takes pictures..."
. . .


It always makes me nervous when Art and I think the same thing -- I also thought it said Hitler.

. . .


So did I!
08/26/2012 06:52:25 PM · #5
Originally posted by nam:

Originally posted by karmat:

Originally posted by Art Roflmao:

Man, I gotta get glasses - I swore you wrote "Hitler takes pictures..."
. . .


It always makes me nervous when Art and I think the same thing -- I also thought it said Hitler.

. . .


So did I!


Me 3!
08/26/2012 06:54:02 PM · #6
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

Originally posted by nam:

Originally posted by karmat:

Originally posted by Art Roflmao:

Man, I gotta get glasses - I swore you wrote "Hitler takes pictures..."
. . .


It always makes me nervous when Art and I think the same thing -- I also thought it said Hitler.

. . .


So did I!


Me 3!


Same here!
08/26/2012 06:57:47 PM · #7
There is a reason they say you need to stay back, sad but people think it will not happen. I watched a guy this weekend at Rocky Mountain National Park sneak up within 20 yards of a Bull Moose, all I could do is get my camera set to video just in case I needed it... He got close enough the moose turned and started looking aggressive then all of a sudden jumped and moved away, he was a very lucky man.
08/26/2012 07:01:36 PM · #8
Ditto Hitler. Sorry for trashing the thread. My fingers are no better off than my eyesight, it seems.

Message edited by author 2012-08-26 19:04:02.
08/26/2012 07:03:02 PM · #9
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Message edited by author 2012-08-26 19:03:18.
08/26/2012 07:43:55 PM · #10
Glad to see I am not the only one who is constantly thinking about Hitler.
08/26/2012 08:05:52 PM · #11
I'll Hitler too. Or six. Just amauling appalling.
08/26/2012 08:06:08 PM · #12
Did anyone check the CF card of the camera for "The shot"? I mean there had to be something there to get killed for right?

08/26/2012 08:08:38 PM · #13
Originally posted by MattO:

Did anyone check the CF card of the camera for "The shot"? I mean there had to be something there to get killed for right?

I was reading that the authorities reviewed the card on the camera and found images that were taken of the bear before the hiker was seen, and then after he got noticed. Pretty spooky stuff I imagine...

Message edited by author 2012-08-26 20:09:00.
08/26/2012 08:08:48 PM · #14
Originally posted by MattO:

Did anyone check the CF card of the camera for "The shot"? I mean there had to be something there to get killed for right?

I was thinking the same thing, but didn't want to sound insensitive toward Hitler.
08/26/2012 08:09:22 PM · #15
or the Grizzy!
08/26/2012 08:12:16 PM · #16
Originally posted by skewsme:

or the Grizzy!

LOL - just now noticed that.
08/26/2012 08:12:27 PM · #17
that is a horrible thing. I cant even imagine being mauled b a bear
08/26/2012 08:14:10 PM · #18
Originally posted by cowboy221977:

that is a horrible thing. I cant even imagine being mauled b a bear

Really? Try harder.
08/26/2012 08:52:05 PM · #19
Originally posted by Art Roflmao:

Originally posted by cowboy221977:

that is a horrible thing. I cant even imagine being mauled b a bear

Really? Try harder.


No kidding, even at 40 something I have a great imagination. I mean hell I can imagine, I'm a good photographer and still dashingly handsome! So the bear mauling thing was a breeze!
08/26/2012 09:56:45 PM · #20
It wasn't the bear's fault. But, the bear paid the death penalty. So sad!
08/26/2012 10:09:57 PM · #21
Originally posted by hahn23:

It wasn't the bear's fault. But, the bear paid the death penalty. So sad!


Really!
08/26/2012 10:14:20 PM · #22
How odd that so many of us thought Hitler got mauled. If only...

It always ticks me off when animals pay the price for human stupidity.
08/26/2012 10:29:55 PM · #23
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

Originally posted by hahn23:

It wasn't the bear's fault. But, the bear paid the death penalty. So sad!


Really!

I've been to Denali NP. I've taken the required bear training classes required to obtain a backcountry camping permit. You use bear proof containers for food, toothpaste, chewing gum.... anything with a scent. You are trained to cook 100 yards from sleeeping tent and 100 yds. from food cache. The bears are not conditioned to associate humans with food. It takes abusive behavior, ala Grizzly Man, to cause the grizzlies to attack. Humans are not the top of the food chain in the wilderness. Grizzlies, mountain lions, wolves will predate. There are photographers who refuse to use a modicum of caution. And, the imprudence of humans causes bears to be euthanized.
08/26/2012 10:33:02 PM · #24
I was reading this on my IPhone and thought the title was "Hitler takes pictures of grizzy then is mauled!!" Now that would gave been great! Maybe I should listen to my wife and get my eyes and my hearing checked!!

Back to thread...

(oops... Maybe I should have read the thread before I posted too!!!)

Message edited by author 2012-08-26 22:35:37.
08/26/2012 10:41:42 PM · #25
Originally posted by hahn23:

Originally posted by Bear_Music:

Originally posted by hahn23:

It wasn't the bear's fault. But, the bear paid the death penalty. So sad!


Really!

I've been to Denali NP. I've taken the required bear training classes required to obtain a backcountry camping permit. You use bear proof containers for food, toothpaste, chewing gum.... anything with a scent. You are trained to cook 100 yards from sleeeping tent and 100 yds. from food cache. The bears are not conditioned to associate humans with food. It takes abusive behavior, ala Grizzly Man, to cause the grizzlies to attack. Humans are not the top of the food chain in the wilderness. Grizzlies, mountain lions, wolves will predate. There are photographers who refuse to use a modicum of caution. And, the imprudence of humans causes bears to be euthanized.


I agree 100%, in case that wasn't clear. My "Really!" was a note of positive affirmation.
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