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Hiker Killed By Grizzly Bear at Denali National Park, After Taking Photos Of The Animal For 8 Minutes

Alaska hiker killed in bear attack

Denali National Park hiker was killed by a grizzly bear after taking photos of the wild animal for approximately eight minutes. The hiker’s death was the first known fatal grizzly bear mauling at Alaska’s Denali National Park. Richard White, 49, of San Diego, was found by a group of other hikers after the grizzly bear mauling on Friday, the Daily Mail reports.

Alaskan investigators recovered the hiker’s camera after the fatal bear attack. According to the number of grizzly bear photos on the bear mauling victim’s camera, the Denali National Park grizzly bear was not behaving in an aggressive manner towards the hiker, the Washington Post notes.

Alaska State Troopers tracked and then killed the bear on Saturday. An examination of the Denali National Park grizzly bear’s stomach contents revealed troopers had indeed found the animal which killed the lone hiker. Before the fatal bear attack the hiker was reportedly backpacking near the Toklat River. Denali National Park rules require hikers to remain at least a quarter-mile away from wild animals. Grizzly bear mauling investigators have determined Richard White was within approximately 50 yards from the Alaskan bear.

Denali National Park rangers planned on recovering the hikers remains late Saturday after the fatal bear attack scene was deemed safe, several other bears were spotted near the scene. Rangers noticed the animals hovering near the scene of the grizzly bear attack when they first arrived by helicopter to secure the lone hiker’s remains. One large male grizzly bear was reportedly sitting on the hiker’s remains in the underbrush approximately 150 yards from the primary attack site.

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9 Responses to “Hiker Killed By Grizzly Bear at Denali National Park, After Taking Photos Of The Animal For 8 Minutes”

  1. Lisa Axton-Bevers

    The hiker broke the law by getting within 1/4 mile of the wild animal. Why was the bear punished? My heartfelt condolences to the family, but honestly! Was it the bears fault for acting like a bear?

  2. Damla Betül Koçer

    The hiker was definitely in the wrong here, acting so f*cking conceited and taking the rules for granted. Shame that the bear was killed for acting out on instinct. Who the hell gets within 50 yards of a grizzly bear? I begrudge the Alaska State troopers for thinking so lowly of the bear who CLEARLY was protecting himself and/or his habitat! The hiker, had he survived the attack, should have been banned access in any wildlife parks for the rest of its life. Sadly he signed his own death warrant by acting so incredibly stupid. Poor bear.

  3. Dorcie Lacy

    Bears do notr read and did not realize the man had violated the distance rule…. or maybe they do read and he felt justified in take a stand and a bite out of justice.