A hunter has been killed by a grizzly bear in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve in Alaska. It marks the first time that a grizzly has killed a human in recorded history of the park.
The identity of the hunter is being withheld at this time, but it is known that he and a friend were on a 10-day moose hunting trip. The attack occurred Sunday near the Chisana River drainage area.
The Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve was established in December of 1980 and hosted over 79,000 visitors last year. It is the largest National Park in the United States, and features 9 of the 16 highest peaks in the nation.
Hunters and park-goers are always told to bring food in bear-proof containers, pack bear spray, maintain a distance of at least 100 yards between themselves and bears, etc.
Nevertheless, grizzly encounters cannot be entirely avoided. A Montana hunter was also attacked last week. This may be because bears are generally more likely to be active in the Fall as they prepare for hibernation.
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