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July 25, 2011

Grizzly Mauls Teens Taking Survival Skills Course in Alaska

By David Maccar

A grizzly with her cub attacked a group of seven teenagers participating in a Alaskan survival skills course over the weekend. Two teens were badly injured in the attack that occurred about 120 miles north of Anchorage. We are working on getting you more details.

From this story on cbsnews.com:
The teens were towards the end of a 30-day backcountry course by the National Outdoor Leadership School when the attack occurred Saturday night about 120 miles north of Anchorage. They were rescued early Sunday.

NOLS spokesman Bruce Palmer says another group of seven students and three instructors has been waiting about six miles away for a helicopter hired by the Lander, Wyo.-based organization.

Palmer says 17-year-old Joshua Berg of New City, N.Y., and 17-year-old Samuel Gottsegen of Denver were the worst injured with bear bite wounds.

KTVA reports that the two are in serious condition at an Anchorage hospital. Teens told troopers that the bear was first spotted around 8:30 p.m. Saturday while crossing a river single file, KTVA reports. Those at the front of the line screamed the news of the approaching bear to those at the back. Troopers said that the two teens at the front of the line received the brunt of the bear attack.

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from rock rat wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

That's terrible. Hope all make a full recovery from their injuries.

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from davycrockettfv wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

I can't imagine anything more terrifying.

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from JBgrouse23 wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

Maybe one of the biologists can answer this: Why do bears have such strong reactions when with cubs? A lot of animals will protect their young but it seems like bears go beyond a ridiculous extreme to make sure that anything near their offspring is dead. Do bear cubs have that many natural predators? All I can think of is a desperate wolf or big cat, aside from other bears. Not that anyone would know but if a deer or something walked up to a bear cub, would the bear viciously attack it too? Why are people viewed as such a threat even when not attacking in a threatening manner? I would believe they have learned that we are capable of killing them, except bears everywhere seem to do this, leading me to believe it's genetic for them to be violently protective. Anybody have any idea?

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from slothman wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

JB, Male bears regularly eat cubs... this is one of the reasons why female bears are so fiercely protective,

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from 1uglymutha wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

news reports out of alaska noted that the hikers were armed with bear spray and were making loud noise while walking. no matter what the tree huggers try to tell you, bear spray is not effective against an enraged grizzly. why is it so difficult for people to understand?
mama grizzlies are large, have a nasty disposition, and are unbelievably strong and fierce. and they come hard-wired to protect their young from any and all. if you go into grizzly country while the bears have young, you are risking your life. even if armed with powerful weapons. there is no guarantee mama griz will give you a chance to shoot. more people in the wilderness= more contact with large predators. no surprise here. the surprise to me is that people pay for the privelage of getting their ass chewed off.

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from PigHunter wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

Looks like their first aid skills and emergency locator beacon saved lives.

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from shane wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

If your survival course is set in Alaskan bear country, maybe it should include more preparedness for bears?

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from GERG wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

Slothman hit it right on the head.A male bear will kill any cubs he may come across. I think that brings the female back into estrus? It is very unfortunate the kids got in the way. Im praying for them. Not to seem uncaring but we are not the top of the food chain in their world. Everyone say a prayer for those kids and the families affected.

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from Moose1980 wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

They interviewed one of the kids that was in the hospital last night on the news. He said the 1st thing they did was turn and run. I'm not sure that made the situation any better. Like Shane said, you'd think if they were going to spend 30 days in grizzly country, they'd have been trained for that situation. Of course not having a firearm tells me all I need to know about how well they were prepared. Prayers for a speedy recovery.

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from davycrockettfv wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

I can't imagine anything more terrifying.

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from slothman wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

JB, Male bears regularly eat cubs... this is one of the reasons why female bears are so fiercely protective,

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from rock rat wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

That's terrible. Hope all make a full recovery from their injuries.

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from GERG wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

Slothman hit it right on the head.A male bear will kill any cubs he may come across. I think that brings the female back into estrus? It is very unfortunate the kids got in the way. Im praying for them. Not to seem uncaring but we are not the top of the food chain in their world. Everyone say a prayer for those kids and the families affected.

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from Moose1980 wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

They interviewed one of the kids that was in the hospital last night on the news. He said the 1st thing they did was turn and run. I'm not sure that made the situation any better. Like Shane said, you'd think if they were going to spend 30 days in grizzly country, they'd have been trained for that situation. Of course not having a firearm tells me all I need to know about how well they were prepared. Prayers for a speedy recovery.

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from JBgrouse23 wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

Maybe one of the biologists can answer this: Why do bears have such strong reactions when with cubs? A lot of animals will protect their young but it seems like bears go beyond a ridiculous extreme to make sure that anything near their offspring is dead. Do bear cubs have that many natural predators? All I can think of is a desperate wolf or big cat, aside from other bears. Not that anyone would know but if a deer or something walked up to a bear cub, would the bear viciously attack it too? Why are people viewed as such a threat even when not attacking in a threatening manner? I would believe they have learned that we are capable of killing them, except bears everywhere seem to do this, leading me to believe it's genetic for them to be violently protective. Anybody have any idea?

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from 1uglymutha wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

news reports out of alaska noted that the hikers were armed with bear spray and were making loud noise while walking. no matter what the tree huggers try to tell you, bear spray is not effective against an enraged grizzly. why is it so difficult for people to understand?
mama grizzlies are large, have a nasty disposition, and are unbelievably strong and fierce. and they come hard-wired to protect their young from any and all. if you go into grizzly country while the bears have young, you are risking your life. even if armed with powerful weapons. there is no guarantee mama griz will give you a chance to shoot. more people in the wilderness= more contact with large predators. no surprise here. the surprise to me is that people pay for the privelage of getting their ass chewed off.

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from PigHunter wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

Looks like their first aid skills and emergency locator beacon saved lives.

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from shane wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

If your survival course is set in Alaskan bear country, maybe it should include more preparedness for bears?

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