UPDATE: Alaska Man Who Fed Bear FinedAlaska State Troopers, Bear Hunting Magazine
A 38 year-old Alaska man who fed a black bear barbecued meat from a church picnic and was then mauled by the bear has received a $310 ticket from state park officials for feeding wildlife.
Many of those close to the case believe the man should feel lucky to be alive.
Original News Flash 6/16/2013:
A man was mauled by a bear Saturday near the Eklutna Lake Campground near Anchorage after he threw barbecued meat at the animal.
The Alaska State Troopers report stated that the man appeared to have been drinking. What they have been able to figure out is that sometime around 5 p.m. the man left a picnic and decided to go for a bike ride, bringing some food from the barbecue along with him. He came across a black bear somewhere between a campground fee station and an ice cream stand near the park.
At this point, the man threw a piece of meat at the bear, which ate it. Then the man offered the bear another piece, and this is when the bear started acting aggressively. The bear attacked the man, puncturing skin along his jaw and leaving him with scratches on his back.
Park rangers later found the bloodied man washing himself off at the campground. He was not very coherent and was unsure of where the attack actually happened.
The man was taken to an Anchorage hospital, where he was treated and released.
Authorities are still trying to sort out exactly what happened. An Alaska Fish and Game biologist was sent to the scene, but could not find the bruin. Authorities believe there are no indications that the bear will attack other humans as they think the bear was goaded into the confrontation.
The man may be charged with illegally feeding wildlife. Officials believe this event provides a good reminder to never feed wild animals.