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Man killed by grizzly in yellowstone

Man killed by grizzly in yellostone. wrong place at the wrong time                                                                                                                        http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/wyoming/article_55ba3...

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Just saw that on the blog

Just saw that on the blog posts.  That is too bad...my condolences go out to their family and friends.

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Its a shame, but you don't

Its a shame, but you don't mess with moma grizz and cubs.  it just to bad for the mans family.

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It is definately a sad event

It is definately a sad event for all involved but the latest reports are hinting it is not all totally random. That was the second encounter with the bears that day by the hiking couple and they may have chosen to stay or even get closer. The decision has been made to not pursue the bear and her cubs as she was only doing what her instincts told her to.

My condolences to the family no matter why it happened as being witness to the event must have been terrible.

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Man killed by grizzly in Yellowstone

Truly a tragic event.  But what adds to the tragedy is that the Park Service has been telling visitors basic rules for bear safety in the backcountry for decades.  Two things jumped out at me here.  The first is that they saw the bears earlier and kept going on.  The second is that when the sow was running toward them, the man told his wife to run.  That right there says that he either didn't pay attention to the literature or chose to ignore it.  Running is the worst thing you can do, because it'll trigger a predatory reaction.  What saved her life was dropping and balling up.  Had they done that initially, this might've been averted...especially if the sow was making a bluff charge.  But if she was bluff charging and somebody started running, it's game on.

Sows with cubs can be incredibly ornery, but it's all defensive action.  They're not out hunting people down and their only goal is to protect the cubs.  They're not dumb; they know that avoiding an encounter if possible is the best course because it's safer for the cub and it uses less energy -- and a bear's sole focus during the summer is to save energy for the winter.  Almost every grizzly I've encountered, to include sows with cubs, would turn away and avoid an encounter if you let them know who you were before you were inside their personal defensive space.  This may have been a case when they weren't loud enough on the trail and spooked her too close.

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Just heard they do not plan

Just heard they do not plan on looking for the bear!! 

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Yeah I also rwad were they

Yeah I also rwad were they will not seek out the bear as it was doing what ciomes naturally by defending her cubs.  Also read where the hiker had had an ecounter with her prior to the attack.  So they must have had atleast one oppurtunity to remove themselves from a potential dangerous situation.  I still feel for the family but the hiker could maybe have done some more to prevent the attck.

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You do have to feel for the

You do have to feel for the family in this type of situation but it sounds like they did a lot of things wrong on that hike after spotting the grizzly and the cubs the first time. 

On the other hand I am happy that they decided not to put the sow grizzly down for doing something that she felt that she had to do to protect her cubs. 

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Sad to see, but glad that

Sad to see, but glad that they are not going to go after the bear.  It's unfortunate that people cannot use common sense when dealing with any type of nature, let alone a mama grizzly bear with cubs.

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