Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Alaska: Black Bear Mauls Hiker, 64, to Death, Traumatizes Wife, Bear Shot, Killed

According to http://www.sky.com, human remains have been found inside a black bear that was killed near the scene of a deadly mauling in a remote area of Alaska on Thursday (June 6), roughly 110 miles southeast of Fairbanks.

The man killed has been identified as Robert Weaver, 64, was mauled last Thursday outside a cabin at George Lake, about 110 miles southeast of Fairbanks.

Wildlife troopers have determined the animal was also the killer of Mr. Weaver as no other bears were seen in the vicinity. Weaver's wife, sought shelter in a nearby cabin and called authorities. Understandably, she was traumatized by the event.

A trooper investigating the death noticed a black bear stalking the area and displaying an unusual lack of fear of humans. He took the decision to kill it, fearing it might attack.

COMMENT: A post-mortem examination was conducted on the bear the following day in Fairbanks. 

Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist Cathie Harms said the bear appeared to be an older adult male based upon the wear on its molars. She said it had normal levels of fat, meaning it was not in a condition of starvation, and did not have any apparent disease or infirmity.

Attacks by black bears are very uncommon in the US, with fatal attacks even more rare. Records only indicate four other fatalities by black bears in Alaska in the last 61 years.

Please see the following website if you're planning to be in near country:

http://www.bearsmart.com/becoming-bear-smart/play/bear-encounters