Wednesday 23 September 2020

Hunter killed by Bear in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska.

A hunter has died after being mauled by a Brown Bear, Ursus arctos horribilis, in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve in Alaska, on Sunday 20 September 2020, according to the he United States National Park Service. The incident happened close to the Chisana River drainage, where the deceased was taking part in a 10-day Moose hunt with a friend, though precise details of the event, along with the name of the hunter, are being withheld pending an investigation. This is the first recorded Bear attack in the park's 40 year history, though the Animals are known to be both present and dangerous, and visitors are encouraged to be Bare Aware when travelling in the area.

A Brown Bear, Ursus arctos horribilis, in Alaska. Alaska Tours.

Brown Bears are highly adaptable large omnivores found across much of the Northern Hemisphere. They are extremely flexible in their dietary habits, and able to change their diet in response to Human or other environmental pressures in ways that few other large animals can manage. Whilst Bears have a fearsome reputation, and are rightly treated with great respect by people that share their environment, attacks on humans are exceptionally rare. 

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