June 18, 2013
Don't Feed the Bears: Drunken Man Gets Mauled, Then Fined
By Ben Romans
A man enjoyed one too many adult beverages at a church picnic in Alaska, wandered away on a bicycle with some barbequed food, crossed paths with a black bear, and decided it would be a good idea to share his meal with the bruin.
Naturally, after its first taste, the bear wanted a second helping. Things got out of hand when the bear went in for a third morsel, according to the Anchorage Daily News.
The bear reportedly attacked Jesus Mabalot on June 15, deeply scratching his back and puncturing skin near his jaw, possibly in an attempt to bite the man’s neck.
Rangers found Mabalot cleaning his wounds back at the park, but between his inebriation and a language barrier, Alaska trooper spokesperson Beth Ipsen said police had trouble recording exact details of the encounter.
"He was able to give us some details. We couldn't get a very specific location of where this happened because of a language barrier," Ipsen said. "I don't know if this had anything to do with it, but the trooper said he could tell he had been drinking too. He was intoxicated."
Police later took him to a hospital as a precaution while rangers looked for the animal, which they didn’t feel was a threat to other visitors, but noted there’s a reason for those signs that say “Please Don’t Feed the Bears.”
Authorities issued Mabalot a $310 citation for feeding wildlife without a permit.