08 Jul '11, 9pm

Yellowstone Bear Tragedy

Yellowstone Bear Tragedy

By now you may have already heard about the grizzly bear attack and death of a hiker in Yellowstone. The man who died and his wife were hiking in an area where there was a mother grizzly bear with two cubs. It is well known that mother grizzlies fiercely defend their cubs from any animal or person who gets too close, but what is too close? The man and his wife were hiking the Wapiti Lake trail and surprised the bear. Surprising wild bears is believed to invoke their attack mode, which sounds very obvious now, but many people don’t know this fact. The National Park Service website says, “The vast majority of bear attacks have occurred because people have surprised a bear. In this type of situation the bear may attack as a defensive maneuver.” One of the key activities when walking through bear country is to make noise constantly so you don’t surprise them if you get close a...

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