It really sucks for these kids. I know one of them was from my state of New Mexico. it has been all over the news here. Its just one of those things you really can't stop when it comes to Grizzly sows with cubs.
Another case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. You would think since there were on a hike with a experienced leader that they would of been making some noise as they hiked along but then it happened near a river so quite possibly the bear didn't hear them until it was too late for them.
A very tragic event, especially when kids are involved and just out trying to learn instead of getting into trouble somewhere. Hopefully they will fully recover without any serious affects other than the memory. It sounds like they were in some thick brush when it happened and were totally caught by surprise.
It's hard to second guess what really happened. What does surprise me according the Anchorage paper only three or four hikers had bear spray. Other than that it sounds like they were doing what they were suposed to. Sows w/cubs are just to freakin' touchy and unpredictable. I think if the sow had heard them coming she and the cubs would have gone packing.
Yep, as Critter says, caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. This is one of those cases where neither creature, man or Grizzly, is at fault. The kids were out learning about survival, and the bear was thinking about the survival of her cub.
Glad to see that none of them have died yet, but I did hear there were a couple that were life threatening. Hopefully they will pull through.
Have you ever looked all over the house and garage for a piece of hunting equipment or an article of clothing? I sure have... or at least I used to. I found that storing my hunting gear in large containers that are labeled not only saves me time looking but also saves space. I used to have my gear all over the house, taking up space that I needed for other things.
Here's what I do now. I went out and bought some large plastic tubs and everything goes in them. I...