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    Denali

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Investigation Continues in Fatal Bear Attack

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Date: August 29, 2012
Contact: Kris Fister, (907) 683-9583

After two days of rain and poor weather conditions, on Tuesday, August 28 rangers returned to the site of the fatal bear attack to continue investigation of the incident. They were able to determine where Richard White of San Diego had taken the images that were found in his digital camera. The initial photos of the bear were shot at a distance of 75 yards from the bear, which at that time had its head down in the vegetation, browsing on berries. Other images, including the last five where the bear's head was up, looking at and moving toward the backpacker, were taken at a distance of 60 yards.

Most of the backcountry units that were closed as a result of the incident are now open. Unit 10, where the attack took place, will remain closed for the next few days for continued monitoring and investigation. The unit encompasses an area of almost 50 square miles.

Did You Know?

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Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska is over 6 million acres (9,419 square miles) in size!