Bear Kills California Man In Denali National Park

By: AP
By: AP

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Park officials have named a hiker who was killed by a grizzly bear in Alaska's Denali National Park.

The National Park Service says in a statement Saturday night that 49-year-old Richard White of San Diego had been in the Denali backcountry for three nights when he was killed on Friday.

Earlier Saturday, officials said the hiker had photographed a grizzly bear for at least eight minutes before the bear mauled and killed him. It was the first fatal attack in the park's history.

Denali Park Superintendent Paul Anderson says investigators have recovered the camera and looked at the photographs, which show the bear grazing and not acting aggressively before the attack.

Officials say the hiker came within 50 yards of the bear, far closer than the quarter-mile of separation required by park rules.


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