mrh wrote:Bob Sihler wrote:Norman wrote:Yipes!
http://www.examiner.com/x-53313-Bear-At ... stone-Park
And if this is accurate, it seems the bear should not have been killed and that humans, though not the victim, were responsible for the attack: http://www.examiner.com/x-53313-Bear-Attack-Examiner~y2010m7d29-Poor-excuse-for-killing-grizzly-bear
There is a lot more to this story. I don't know if the bear should have been killed, but the attack was largely the fault of the victim. They had been trapping and collaring bears in the area for a month. They had signs warning people. This happened on the last day soon after the trappers had cleared out and pulled down the signs. The victim wasn't an innocent who happened to walk up there after the signs were gone. He had watched the trappers go by for a month and according to family and friends was very curious about the operation. A noted bear expert was his friend directly told him to stay away from the area. He went up anyway. Judging from the time the trappers left the bear and when the coroner said the attack would have happened, its apparent the victim walked up on a bear who was fully awake, but was still drugged. Its not good to surprise a bear, but especially one on drugs who has just had an unpleasant experience with humans. They should have left the signs up longer, perhaps a few days. There is a big investigation and I'm sure that will be a change made. But the victim knew he shouldn't be there and had been told specifically not to walk up there. His family described him a "bull headed".
I read the official report on this including the written statements of all involved. It was a huge report and I don't think I have it anymore, but if anyone wants to read it, I'll see if I can find it.
Edit: The report I mentioned or one very similar to it is provided by linc in the article given above.
Thanks for that great information! It really adds to this and increases my sadness about what happened to the bear.