Sunday, June 20, 2010
"Bear Kills Man" Stories
CHEYENNE, Wyoming -- A grizzly bear killed a man outside Yellowstone National Park, apparently just hours after researchers trapped and tranquilized the animal.
The attack happened Thursday in the same place where two researchers with the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team had examined a large adult male grizzly earlier that day, Park County Sheriff Scott Steward said Friday.
The suspect bear was wearing a radio collar. Authorities didn't intend to venture into the woods to chase the animal, however.
They hoped to trap it -- again -- and do DNA testing to see if it was indeed responsible.
Shoshone National Forest officials closed off the Kitty Creek area, about 6 miles outside the Yellowstone East Entrance, until further notice.
The victim was Erwin Frank Evert, 70, of Wyoming, who went hiking around 12:45 p.m. local time from his cabin in the Kitty Creek drainage.
When Evert didn't return, his wife went looking for him and met one of the bear researchers. The researchers had been getting ready to leave the area but one of them returned to the place where they had found the bear in a previously set trap, then tranquilized the animal for study.
The researcher found Evert's body where they had left the bear to wake up, about 2 miles from Evert's cabin."
Remember when Rangers would dash headlong into the woods, shotguns high, to off an offending bruin?
Looks like the Obama-Pussification-Factor™ has reached even the Parks Dept. fer chrissake.