Victim's Camera Reveals Truth About Deadly Denali Grizzly Bear Attack (VIDEO)

grizzly attackDenali National Park hasn't had a single bear attack since it started in 1917, but this weekend all that changed. Richard White, a 49-year-old hiker from San Diego, was killed by a grizzly bear while hiking in the park. It's a heartbreaking tragedy for his family and also one that could have possibly been avoided.

One of the first rules of hiking in Denali National Park in Alaska is to know about bear safety. Every hiker watches a 30-minute video on bear safety and most carry mace, bells, or even guns to ward off bears. I have hiked there. I know. It's part of the danger.

The contents of White's camera show that he was willfully ignoring the rules of hiking with bears (such as backing slowly away if you are close to them). Soon after the attack, a shooter from a helicopter killed the bear, and while it isn't unusual to put down an animal who might be dangerous, it also seems unfair. See below:

Park officials said:

He approached the bear within approximately 50 yards, and spent more than 8 minutes photographing the bear before it attacked him.

Some questions are left unanswered: Was he a professional photographer? Did he have some reason to believe he could be so close to a bear without being attacked? Was the bear killed because he was guarding the "kill site" or because he had killed, period?

These questions have to be answered before really being able to say it was an irresponsible decision to be there. But knowing what I know, I have a hard time understanding why the bear had to die. This man was in HIS house and was bothering HIM. What do we think a grizzly bear will do when provoked?

All of this is just another argument for respecting nature. A huge national park isn't Disney. Those trees aren't pruned by Mickey and friends at 6 a.m. every morning. It's the wild and bears aren't our "friends" no matter how cute they seem.

We have to respect nature and follow the rules otherwise, tragedies can occur.

Do you think the bear should have been shot?




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Aunt_... Aunt_ning

He was an idiot, plain and simple

Zamaria Zamaria

I don't think they should have shot the bear. I'm sure the man's family feels differently though. I probably would feel differently if it were one of my family members.

nonmember avatar Sarah.S.

They shot the bear because it was guarding the kill site. The rescuers tried to get the man's body but the bear wouldn't stop circling the group. It was acting like a bear, unfortunately for the bear the humans were acting human.

Also, that area of the park WAS CLOSED due to an increase of bear activity. There were 20+ full grown grizzlies known to be living there. This guy obviously and misguidedly decided to ignore the dangers and paid for it with his life.

I feel for his family and I pray that it was a quick death, but wjen you go out in nature you risk meeting nature in all of its raw glory.

Leslie Holt Mitchum

NO! Bears are gonna do what bears do. He might as well have had a big EAT ME sign on him and thrown rocks at him. That is just crazy!

junecat junecat

No, he should NOT have been shot.  I feel very sorry for his family, but he was in the bear's home and was seen as a threat.  If someone breaks in my house, I would protect my belongings, too.  If the bear was wandering around people's homes, it would be a different story.


nonmember avatar Scott Davis

All wild animals that have had a taste of humans, need to be put down. If they are not put down, they will come after humans as a food source.

Net1957 Net1957

I 100% agree that the bear should not have been shot. They should  have tranquilized it to get the mans body out of there, but definitely not killed it.

nonmember avatar kaerae

@Scott Davis is right, they had to put the bear down because the man acted so stupidly. Once they have killed a human, they are a future danger. It's a shame both man and bear had to die, but there was really no other option once the man made his incredibly stupid decision.

junecat junecat

The only problem with @Scott Davis' statement is they are NOT SURE this was the bear that killed the man.  He was just in the area - they have to do an autopsy to look at his stomach contents - no one saw it happen. 

Priya... Priyankarox

The grizzly is the victim. It was grazing on its home turf, doing what bears do. Now it is dead in a revenge killing.

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