July 14, 2008

Black bear attacks: It's not just grizzlies that worry Alaskans

When most people think about bears shot in self defense, they think about charging grizzlies. But there is another kind of dangerous bear out there — the predaceous black bear. A real rarity in most of North America, these dangerous bears pop up occasionally in the Far North. In 1977, geologist Cythia Dusel-Bacon lost both arms to one that attacked her in a thicket north of Fairbanks and tried to eat her alive. In 1992, Darcy Staver and her husband, Michael, retreated to the roof of a cabin near Glennallen after being pursued by another. In June of this year, a bear attacked and killed a 70-year-old grandmother in northern Quebec.

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