Hiker Killed By Grizzly In Alaska

Alaska DFG - State Patrol, Bear Hunting Magazine

A 49 year-old hiker from California was killed in Alaska's Denali National Park on Friday. The man was apparently photographing a grizzly bear for at least eight minutes before the bear mauled and killed him. This is the first fatal attack in the park's history.

Investigators recovered the camera and photographs showing the bear grazing non-aggressively before the attack. The hiker was backpacking alone along the Toklat River Friday when it appears he came within 50 yards of the grizzly.

Park officials learned of the attack after other hikers found an abandoned backpack along the river along with torn clothing and blood. Rangers in a helicopter spotted a large male grizzly bear over the hiker's remains in underbrush around 100-150 yards from the site of the attack.

A state trooper shot and killed the bear Saturday. Investigators examined the bear and confirmed it was the one that killed the California hiker.

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