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Bear Attacks from 2010 to 2019

September 8/2014

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A missing Calgary hunter has been found dead after a grizzly bear attack in Kananaskis Country.

He went hunting near the Picklejar Creek Trail on Saturday morning, but didn't return home that evening as expected. His family reported him missing to police Sunday morning.

The man, whose name hasn't officially been released, was found dead by search teams Monday.

"During the search today, we discovered his remains," said Const. Virgil Bitz of the Kananaskis RCMP. "He sustained severe trauma from a grizzly bear attack."

The man's family in Calgary was notified by the Calgary Police Service on Monday night.

RCMP believe there are a couple of reasons for what's being called a defensive attack by the bear.

"It's the time of year when bears start getting anxious about getting enough food for winter, so they are a little more protective of their food sources. There was a freshly killed deer cache in the vicinity," said Bitz. "There was a cub as well.

"Surprising a mom bear with a cub is one trigger for an attack and getting too close to a food source is another, so it's kind of a double whammy there. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time."

Conservation officers with Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation, and the province's Karelian bear dogs also helped with the search.

"We had conservation officers and public safety officers out there," said Jill Sawyer, a spokeswoman for Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation in Canmore.

The area has been closed until further notice, with new bear warning signs and yellow tape strung across the trail.

Picklejar Creeks Trail is in one of Kananaskis Country's 39 provincial recreation areas, where hunting game such as sheep, deer, elk and black bears is allowed. It's illegal to hunt grizzly bears due to their status as a threatened species in Alberta.

There hasn't been a fatal bear attack in Kananaskis Country for almost a decade.

Competitive mountain biker Isabelle Dube, 36, was killed by a 90-kilogram grizzly bear in an attack as she jogged near Canmore's Silvertip Golf Course in June 2005. Fish and Wildlife officers later shot and killed the grizzly, the same bear they had relocated from the area just eight days before.

It wasn't immediately clear what would happen to the bear in this weekend's attack.

Name: Richard White
Age: 49
Bear Gender: Male
Date: August 26/ 2012
Bear Species: Alaskan Brown Bear (Grizzly)
Details:

A hiker in Alaska's Denali National Park photographed a grizzly bear for at least eight minutes before the bear mauled and killed him in the first fatal attack in the park's history, officials said Saturday.

Investigators have recovered the camera and looked at the photographs, which show the bear grazing and not acting aggressively before the Friday attack, Denali Park Superintendent Paul Anderson said.

A state trooper shot and killed the male bear on Saturday.

The hiker was identified late Saturday as Richard White, 49, of San Diego. He was backpacking alone along the Toklat River on Friday afternoon when he came within 50 yards (50 metres) of the bear, far closer than the quarter-mile (0.4 kilometres) of separation required by park rules, officials said.

"They show the bear grazing in the willows, not acting aggressive in any form or manner during that period of time," Anderson said of the photos.

Officials learned of the attack after hikers stumbled upon an abandoned backpack along the river about three miles (5 kilometres) from a rest area on Friday afternoon. The hikers also spotted torn clothing and blood. They immediately hiked back and alerted staff park.

Rangers in a helicopter spotted a large male grizzly bear sitting on the hiker's remains, which they called a "food cache" in the underbrush about 100 to 150 yards (meters) from the site of the attack on Friday.

Investigators examined the bear's stomach contents, looked at White's photos and used other tests Saturday evening to confirm that it was the animal that killed White, park officials said in a statement Saturday night.

White's remains were recovered Saturday evening and were being sent to the medical examiner in Anchorage.

There's no indication that the man's death was the result of anything other than a bear attack, investigators said, adding that it's the first known fatal mauling in the park's nearly century-long history.

"Over the years, and especially since the 1970s, the park has worked very diligently to minimize the conflict between humans and wildlife in the park," Anderson said. "We have some of the most stringent human-wildlife conflict regulations in the National Park system, and I think those are largely responsible for the fact that there hasn't been a fatal attack."

Denali is located 240 miles north of Anchorage. It spans more than 6 million acres and is home to numerous wild animals, including bears, wolves, caribou and moose.

Name: Lana Hollingsworth
Age: 61
Gender: female
Date: July 25/ 2011
Bear Species: Black Bear
Details:

Woman, 61, dies month after bear scalped her in savage attack as she walked her dog

A woman has died more than four weeks after being scalped and mauled by a bear as she took her dog out for a walk in Pinetop, Arizona.

Lana Hollingsworth, 61, suffered a massive brain haemorrhage after contracting a severe infection from bacteria carried in the bear's claws.

She underwent at eleven operations as surgeons attempted to reattach her scalp and repair her badly-injured arms. But Mrs Hollingsworth, a mother, lost her battle for survival last night and died at the Healthcare Osborn Medical Center. The bear was scavenging for trash at a dumpster near Mrs Hollingsworth's vacation home in Pinetop when it attacked her as she took her dog out for a walk on June 28. It launched itself at Mrs Hollingsworth three times, ripping off part of her scalp with its claws and teeth and tearing at her arms as she tried desperately to defend herself.

Her son, Robert Oates, told Fox 10: 'She has defensive wounds with her arms where it basically just shredded her arms and her biceps... naturally they go for your neck and head, you can imagine without going into gruesome details, what's going on there.

'When the bear would grab her and throw her around, the claws of a bear, and a lot of people don't realize it they stick in you and when it pulls out it just tears flesh away, the worst thing you can imagine.' Grief: Marv Hollingsworth desperately prayed for his wife Lana to recover from her injuries

The animal only stopped the horrific attack when a neighbour came out and managed to chase it into the woods. Officials from the state's department of health quickly found the animal and killed it. Her husband, Marv, rushed out after the attack. He told ABC15: 'She said "Marv, I love you. I'm going to die. I'm going to die, please take care of the dog".

'I knelt down and prayed for her and that was it.'

She underwent seven operations in as many days, while doctors kept her in a medically-induced coma. During his month-long vigil, an emotional Mr Hollingsworth said; 'She looks like an angel, she doesn't look good but she looks better than she has.' Her family started a fundraising campaign to help pay for her hospital treatment, and at first medical staff were hopeful she would recover. But the skin grafts wouldn't heal, and then she developed a serious infection from an unknown bacteria, which is thought to have come from the bear's claws. They believe the infection led to a brain haemorrhage. She died in hospital yesterday.

Hollingsworth said his wife was an active volunteer since her retirement as a loan officer for a mortgage company.

'She was a very caring person,' he said, his voice choked with emotion. 'She was the first one to sign up to help someone else.'

It comes just weeks after a Californian man was killed by a bear while hiking with his wife in Yellowstone National Park. Officials say bears are travelling further and further to find food because of wildfires and drought

Name: Bernice Adolph
Age: 72
Gender: female
Date: June 2011
Bear Species: Black Bear
Details:

A woman who was mauled by a bear late last week in Lillooet has been identified as Bernice Evelyn Adloph.

The 72-year-old woman was a well-respected Xaxli'p elder, and was campaigning against harming any of the bears that had been seen on her property in the past.

Four black bears have been caught and killed, but conservation officers have not released any details as to whether one of these bears was responsible for Adolph's death.

Why she was attacked is still unknown.

The Ministry of Environment is urging people to be "bear aware" this time of year, as bears are out in our communities and searching for food.

Name: Brent Kandra
Age: 24
Gender: Male
Date: August 20, 2010
Bear Species: Black Bear
Details:

An Ohio animal caretaker was mauled to death while feeding a bear. The victim, 24-year-old Brent Kandra, was an employee of Sam Mazzola, an exhibitor of exotic animals.

Investigators are looking into the incident to ascertain what may have provoked the attack.

However it appears the bear was out of its enclosure for the feeding and police were reportedly told that was routine. After the attack authorities were able to get the bear back in its cage without further incident.

News of the attack reached the Lorain County Sheriff's Office about 7:30 p.m. on Thursday via a 911 call. Hours later a spokesman for the Cuyahoga County Coroner confirmed Kandra died Friday morning at MetroHealth Medical Center.

Mazzola was also rushed to a medical care facility after the attack to be treated for an unspecified medical condition.

Previously he's come under fire from animal-rights groups for his unconventional business practices.

PETA (People Eating Tasty Animals) went after Mazzola 4 years ago for his practice of letting paying customers wrestle his black bears according to reports.

Also an inquiry by the Department of Agriculture led to Mazzola losing his license to exhibit exotic animals. Additionally he faced a $13,950 fine for his bear-wrestling act since he didn't have the proper licensing

Read more: http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7019657385#ixzz0xIyq202H

Name: Kevin Kammer
Age: 48
Gender: Male
Date: July 28, 2010
Bear Species: Grizzly Bear
Details:

Kevin Kammer, 48, Has Been Identified As the Man Killed in the Yellowstone Bear Attack at Soda Butte Campground

Kevin Kammer from Grand Rapids enjoyed fly fishing and was on a fishing trip by himself and was sleeping in his tent at the Soda Butte Campground in Montana when he was attacked and killed by a bear.

WOOD TV8 reports that he leaves behind his wife and four children. KTVQ spoke to Kammer's brother-in-law Jim Howard on Thursday morning who spoke fondly of the family member he has lost.

Howard said Kammer "used to give fly fishing lessons. It was kind of a dream of his to be able to go fly fishing in Montana because it's beautiful fly fishing country. I know he was very excited to go on this trip."

Kammer was "devoted to his family and children. That's what he did. That was his life...were his children."

Deb Freele from Ontario was also attacked by the bear but survived by playing dead. A third person, thought to be a teenager was also attacked and suffered puncture wounds on his leg, but is expected to make a full recovery.

A Grizzly Bear and Two of Her Cubs Captured

KTVQ reports that on Thursday morning a mother grizzly bear and two of her cubs were captured, with one cub still in the wilderness. It is thought that the mother bear weighs between 300 to 400 pounds and was captured on Wednesday evening after being lured in to a trap.

Capt. Sam Sheppard, a Fish, Wildlife and Parks warden said they believe they have caught the right bear because it came back to the site of the attack on Wednesday.

"She basically targeted the three people and went after them," Sheppard said. "It was like an archery hunter who gets between a sow and her cubs and she responds to protect them."

The mother bear will be killed, while her cubs will most likely be taken to a sanctuary and will not be allowed to be released in to the wild again.

Name: Erwin Frank Evert
Age: 70
Gender: Male
Date: June 17, 2010
Bear Species: Grizzly Bear
Details:

CODY — Authorities are investigating the circumstances surrounding the fatal mauling by a grizzly bear Thursday of a Shoshone National Forest cabin owner. The incident occurred at a site where a bear had been captured and released earlier that day.

Erwin Frank Evert, 70, of Park Ridge, Ill., was reported missing to a member of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team who had been conducting research in the Kitty Creek drainage, about seven miles east of Yellowstone National Park.

Researchers had earlier trapped and released an adult male grizzly in the area, according to information released by Park County Sheriff Scott Steward.

A longtime friend and professional colleague said Evert was aware that researchers had been trying for several days to trap a bear in the area, and that friends and family members were unsure why he had hiked into the capture site despite knowing the risks.

"None of us understand it and apparently never will," said retired ecologist Chuck Neal, author of "Grizzlies in the Mist."

Neal said he often hiked the woods around Yellowstone with Evert, a botanist, sharing a common interest in researching the region's plants and animals.

Neal, a survivor of several close encounters with grizzlies, said Evert had called him last week asking about a sign posted at Kitty Creek warning about bear-trapping activities, and that Evert was "absolutely aware" of the risks of hiking in the area.

Neal said bear researchers were returning from the capture site when they were told by Evert's wife, Yolanda, that he was missing.

A study team member went back to the capture site and found Evert's body. Wardens with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and a sheriff's deputy responded at 8:30 p.m. to the remote location, about two miles from Highway 14-16-20.

Members of Park County Search and Rescue recovered Evert's body around midnight, with assistance from Game and Fish workers, who provided armed security, Steward said in a written statement released Friday afternoon.

Steward said that Evert, who was not armed and was not carrying bear spray, apparently wandered into the capture site sometime after the bear had been released.

Neal said he did not know how researchers returning from the site failed to cross paths with Evert while he was hiking in, unless the botanist had left the trail at some point.

2000s

Name, age, gender

Date

Species

Location, comments

Kelly Ann Walz, 37, female

October 4, 2009

Black

Kelly Ann Walz and her husband had an expired license to keep exotic pets for Ross Township, Pennsylvania. On Sunday, Kelly went out to clean the bear's cage. She threw a shovelfull of dog food to one side of the 15x15ft concrete and steel cage so she could clean the other side. Sometime while she was cleaning, the bear attacked and killed her. A neighbor came over and shot the bear, killing it.

Donna Munson, 74, female

August 7 / 2009

Black

Ouray County, Colorado. A 74-year-old woman who was known for leaving food outside her home for bears -- despite several warnings that it was illegal and dangerous to do so -- was killed by a 394-pound Black bear, an autopsy confirmed.

Donna Munson's body had been partially eaten by a bear when she was found outside her home in Ouray County, in southwestern Colorado, on Friday, but Colorado Division of Wildlife officials couldn't immediately confirm what caused her death.

County Sheriff Dominic Mattivi said Monday that an autopsy, performed in neighboring Montrose County, showed Munson had scratches and maul marks consistent with being attacked by a bear. She had no signs of heart damage, ruling out the possibility that she died of a heart attack before being attacked, Mattivi said.

Robert Wagner, 48, male

September 2008

Brown

Sundre area, Alberta. Robert Wagner, 48, of Didsbury, didn't return from a hunting trip to the Sundre area. The medical examiner's office says (Mr Wagner) found near Sundre was mauled to death by a bear.

Cecile Lavoie, 70, female

May 30, 2008

Black

Near La Sarre, Quebec. Lavoie went on a solo fishing trip. After she didn't return to her cabin, her husband went looking for her. He found a bear dragging her body into the woods. .

Stephen Miller, 39, male

April 22, 2008

Brown

Big Bear Lake, California. A famous bear trained to perform in movies unexpectedly turned on a handler, fatally biting him in the neck. The bear was recently featured in the movie Semi-Pro featuring Will Ferrell. Pepper Spray was used to subdue the bear, and no further injuries were reported. The bear was a 7.5-foot (2.3 m) 700-pound (320 kg) 5 year old male named Rocky. He was being held in the "Predators in Action" animal training facility at the time of the incident. The bear's fate has yet to be determined. .

Don Peters, 51, male

November 25, 2007

Brown

Mountain Aire Lodge west of Sundre, about 90 km northwest of Calgary. The 51-year-old did not return from a hunting trip in Western Alberta. He was killed by a grizzly near his vehicle after going hunting alone. His body was found three days later. His rifle was found nearby. It had been fired but there was nothing to indicate the bear had been hit. Officials were trying to trap the bear but would not say whether it would be killed if captured. Upon capture, the bear may be shot, moved to another area or let go, depending on an evaluation of the bear; said Alberta resources spokesman Dave Ealey. .

Nick Ruberto, 22, male

September 5, 2007

Black

While drinking with his friends in Ely, Minnesota, the unfortunate Mr. Ruberto wandered into the woods to urinate. He never returned. Upon waking up the following morning, his friends found his mauled remains 60 yards (55 m) away from the cabin. The bear was later captured and killed by the Minnesota DNR. .

Robin Kochorek, 31, female

July 20, 2007

Black

The 31-year-old woman was reported missing on July 20th after being separated from friends while mountain biking at Panorama Mountain Resort, British Columbia. She was killed by a black bear who was right where the body was recovered at 8 a.m. July 21st. Indications were that the bear had preyed upon this person or obviously was trying to claim ownership. The bear was shot on site by RCMP .

Samuel Evan Ives, 11, male

June 17, 2007

Black

Taken from a tent in American Fork Canyon in the Uinta National Forest in Utah County, Utah where he was sleeping with his stepfather, mother and 6-year-old brother. The bear was later killed by state Wildlife officials.[ .

Jean-Francois Pagé, 28, male

April 28, 2006

Brown

Fatally mauled while staking mineral claims near Ross River, Yukon, Canada. He unknowingly walked right past a bear den containing a sow and 2 cubs. .

Elora Petrasek, 6, female

April 13, 2006

Black

She was killed and her mother and 2 year-old brother seriously injured in an attack in the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee.

Arthur Louie, 60, male

September 20, 2005

Brown

Killed by a female while he was walking back to his mining camp after his car had a flat tire at Bowron River, British Columbia.

Jacqueline Perry, 30, female

September 6, 2005

Black

Killed in a predatory attack at the Missinaibi Lake Provincial Park, north of Chapleau, Ontario, Canada. Her husband was seriously injured in the attack. [1]

69, male

August 26, 2005

Black

Fatally mauled while picking plums at Selkirk, north of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Rich Huffman, 61, male; Kathy Huffman, 58, female

June 23, 2005

Brown

Killed in their tent at a campsite along the Hulahula river 12 miles upriver from Kaktovik in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Isabelle Dube, 35, female

June 5, 2005

Brown

Killed while jogging with 2 friends on the Bench Trail in Canmore, Alberta

Merlyn Carter, 71, male

2005

Black

Found dead in the main cabin of his fishing camp located 300 km Northeast of Ft. Smith, Northwest Territories, Canada.

Timothy Treadwell, 46, male ; Amie Huguenard, 37, female

October 2003

Brown

Found by their pilot, dead and partially consumed at Katmai National Park, Alaska on October 6, 2003. Treadwell was world-famous for his books and documentaries on living with wild bears in Alaska. State Troopers investigating the incident recovered an audiotape of the attack. [2]

Forestry worker

April 17, 2003

Black

Stalked, killed and partially consumed by a large, black bear near Waswanipi, a village in northern Quebec.

male citizen of Alberta, Canada

September 2002

Black

Attacked and killed at a remote oil rigging site in northeastern British Columbia.

male hunter

September 2002

Black

Attacked and killed in his campsite in Gaspé region of northern Quebec.

Ester Schwimmer, 5 months, female

August 2002

Black

Bear grabs and kills 5 month old infant from stroller on the porch of home in Fallsburg, New York

Adelia Maestras Trujillo, 93, female

August 2001

Black

Bear breaks into a house in New Mexico and is confronted by the elderly owner who dies during the attack.

Kyle Harry, 18, male

June 3, 2001

Black

Attacked and killed at a rural campsite 25 km. east of Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories, Canada.

George Tullos, 41, male

July 14, 2000

Brown

His partially consumed body was found at Run Amuk campground in Hyder, Alaska.

Mary-Beth Miller, 24, female

July 2000

Black

Attacked and killed while on a training run in Quebec, Canada.

Glena Ann Bradley, female

May 2000

Black

Killed and partially consumed by a 112 pound female and her 40 pound yearling. The attack occurred while she was walking on a trail near Smokey Mountains Campground near Gatlinburg, Tennessee

1990s

Name, age, gender

Date

Species

Location, Comments

Ned Rasmussen, male

November 1999

Brown

Found dead 2 days after he disappeared on a deer hunting trip on Uganik Island, Alaska.

Ken Cates, 53, male

May 25, 1999

Brown

Killed while hiking on the Funny River Trail near Soldotna, Alaska. Investigators found bear blood at the scene, and determined that Cates fired two shots with his rifle scoring at least one hit. The bear was never found.

Craig Dahl, 26, male

May 17, 1998

Brown

Last seen alive hiking in the Two Medicine area of Glacier National Park. His partially consumed remains were found three days later.

Audelio Luis Cortes, 40, male

February 8, 1998

Brown

Killed by a single head bite while working with a seismic crew in the Swanson River oil field near Kenai, Alaska

Christine Ann Courtney, 32, female

July, 1996

Grizzly Bear

Christine was killed by a Grizzly Bear in July 1996 while hiking with her husband/boyfriend in the Slims River Valley in the Yukon Territories. The bear stalked them but was aiming at the female who was smaller than her male partner. The husband tried to help but he was wounded trying to defend his wife. He survived. .

Marcie Trent, 77, female; and her son, Larry Waldron, 45

July 1, 1995

Brown

Killed by a bear defending a moose carcass on the McHugh Creek Trail near Anchorage, Alaska.

Male

August 10, 1993

Unknown

WAGH Mountain, Colorado.

John Petranyi, male

October 3, 1992

Brown

Attacked and killed by a female with 2 cubs on the Loop Trail, Upper McDonald Valley, Glacier National Park.

Female

July 8, 1992

Unknown

Killed west of Glennallen, Alaska.

Male geologist

June 14, 1992

Black

Attacked and killed on field assignment near Cochrane, Ontario.

Female and Male camper

October 11, 1991

Black

Opeongo Lake, Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada

Male camper

May 26, 1991

Unknown

Martin River Campground, Alberta, Canada

 

1980s

Name, age, gender

Date

Species

Location, Comments

Gary Goeden, male

found September 1, 1987; missing since July 28, 1987

Brown

His partially consumed remains were found at Natahki Lake, Many Glacier Valley, Glacier National Park.

Charles Gibbs, 40, male

April 25, 1987

Brown

He was last seen alive following and photographing a female with cubs at Elk Mountain in Glacier National Park. Investigators recovered film of the female approaching in attack mode at 50 yards.

Photographer

October 1986

Brown

Approached an adult female too closely in Hayden Valley, Yellowstone National Park.

Backpacker

July 1984

Brown

Killed at a backcountry campsite at the southern end of White Lake in Yellowstone National Park.

Camper

June 1983

Brown

Killed at the Rainbow Point campground in the Gallatin National Forest just Northwest of Yellowstone National Park.

Laurence Gordon, male

September 30, 1980

Brown

Attacked and killed at the Elizabeth Lake campsite in the Belly River valley, Glacier National Park.

Male and Female

August 17, 1980

Unknown

Killed near Zama, Alberta, Canada

Jane Ammerman, female; Kim Eberly, male

July 24, 1980

Brown

Attacked and killed at Divide Creek in the St. Mary valley, Glacier National Park.

Unknown

July 18, 1980

Unknown

Killed at Leo Creek, British Columbia, Canada

 

1970s

Name, age, gender

Date

Species

Location, Comments

Male

June 19, 1978

Black

Porcupine Mountains State Park, Michigan

Three Male Youths

May 13, 1978

Black

Radiant Lake, Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada

Mary Pat Mahoney, 22, female

September 23, 1976

Brown

She was dragged from a tent and killed at Many Glacier campground in Glacier National Park.

male

June 1972

Brown

Killed by a bear that was feeding on food that was left out at Yellowstone National Park.

 

1960s

Name, age, gender

Date

Species

Location, Comments

Male

October 1, 1968

Black

Killed near Atikokan, Ontario, Canada.

Julie Helgeson, 19, female

August 13, 1967

Brown

Killed at Granite Park campsite in Glacier National Park by a female bear. Helgeson's companion, Roy Ducat, was severely mauled during the attack.

Michelle Koons, 19, female

August 13, 1967

Brown

Killed at Trout Lake campsite in Glacier National Park by a female bear.

Although Helgeson and Koons were the same age and killed on the same night, these were separate attacks by different bears approximately 10 miles apart. [3]

 

1940s

Name, age, gender

Date

Species

Location, Comments

 

August 1942

Species undetermined

Killed at Old Faithful campground in Yellowstone National Park.

 

1910s

Name, age, gender

Date

Species

Location, Comments

man

1916

Brown

Killed at a roadside camp in Yellowstone National Park

 

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