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UPDATED: Grizzly Possibly Tied To Attack On Yellowstone National Park Hiker Captured

Aug 11th - 23:39pm | Carol Burt

Reminds me of what a South Dakota Park Ranger told me when I asked why they didn't seem to have bears. "They're way too dangerous," he said."people killed 'em off for good reason - so they could be safe outside and their kids wouldn't get eaten!" We laughed and he was grinning and said it half-jokingly - but there was some wisdom there. Couldn't settle the west with grizz chasing them!

Aug 11th - 18:23pm | 26.2Runner

It seems that Mr Crosby's death, while tragic, was also due his own negligence. Running early morning in a known bear habitat, without a moneymaker or bear spray? I learned my lesson a few years ago, running through a residential neighborhood in Tahoe of all places. There were warning signs posted everywhere but I thought, surely not.

Aug 11th - 15:19pm | Danielle McNeely

We have visited many of our National Parks and have loved every one. Glacier, Yellowstone and Denali are our favorites because of the grizzlies that live there. We love seeing them BUT we do everything we can to stay safe. I am so sorry for Mr. Crosby and his family. This was a terrible accident. However the sow seems to have been doing what mama bears do in protecting her baby.

Aug 11th - 15:19pm |

8 JULY 2011 Yellowstone National Park authorities will not try to capture a female grizzly that killed a hiker because the bear was trying to defend its cubs when it was surprised by the man.

Aug 11th - 14:25pm | Anonyous

We have been going to YNP for years. It is a wild place, and many seem to not care about the dangers to themselves or the animals. The park rangers tell you to hike in groups, carry bear spray, stay on the trails and make noise. He was jogging alone, without bear spray & off the trails - he was doing it all wrong. I am tired of bears being killed when they are doing what bears do.

Aug 11th - 13:08pm | Aargle Bargle

The man did nothing wrong. The bear did nothing wrong.

Aug 11th - 12:57pm | DG

I feel sorry for this poor man and his family but somehow it's exhilirationg to think there are still places left where a grizzly can kill and eat you if you are not careful.Sorry if that offends anyone.....

Aug 11th - 10:02am | Anonymous in SC

Why not relocate the bear and cub to another national park.....perhaps several states away.

Aug 11th - 09:20am | ecbuck

Peter - are you really advocating shutting down Yellowstone to save one bear?

Aug 11th - 06:29am | Peter

It makes zero sense to kill the bear. Close the trail! Quit promoting tourism in these areas. It seems pretty draconian to me to euthanize a bear for being where they are suppose to be.

Aug 10th - 23:31pm | Anonymous

What makes you think hiking with another person would have prevented this?

Aug 10th - 23:30pm | Anonymous

"If it were not for humans this bear and her cub would still be safe and free"

Aug 10th - 19:12pm | Anonymous

This is precisely why we do not hike alone in Grizzly Country! COME ON PEOPLE!!!

Aug 10th - 19:03pm | Alfred Runte

As I used to remind my visitors in Yosemite, by far more people die on their way to the national parks than have the privilege of dying in them. Unfortunately, the visitors just don't quite see things that way--or the lawyers who back them up. But yes. It's time to start closing these parks in sequence and giving the wildlife a rest.

Aug 10th - 17:25pm | ANONYMOUS

I agree with "Anonymous " comments! ! Sad but I true !!!

Aug 10th - 17:08pm |

Aug 10th - 16:57pm | Craig Faanes

Why on earth are they punishing the bear for being a bear? Unless the hiker was incapable of reading he knew that he was hiking in bear country. Eugenics is a beautiful evolutionary process and some lucky grizzly bear was able to participate in the process. Killing a bear because its genetically programmed to kill is pure unadulterated nonsense!

Aug 10th - 16:53pm | Random Walker

If it were not for humans this bear and her cub would still be safe and free. Thinking that a visitor management program aimed at minimizing human-bear interactions etc., would do more good than any grizzly bear management program.

Aug 10th - 16:05pm | Sunrise

The bear is extremely dangerous and must be destroyed as the article notes.

Aug 10th - 14:08pm | nancy

Please do NOT euthanize! and I surely hope you have the cubs...this is so tragic in so many ways.....

Driving the Park Loop Road in Acadia National Park

Aug 11th - 22:00pm | Rachel

Thank you so much for this article. We are eager to see Acadia NP and this article seems to give a great introduction and practical suggestion.

Search For Missing Hiker At Mount Rainier National Park Proving Fruitless

Aug 11th - 10:11am | tahoma

The remains of Edwin Birch were identified by the local medical examiner last week after being discovered near the Fryingpan Glacier above Panhandle Gap.  Rest in peace.

Op-Ed| The National Park System: Why It Should Continue To Grow

Aug 11th - 09:39am | ecbuck

Well said, Bill.

Aug 11th - 09:33am | Bill Wade

Thinking about what is needed in the national park system in terms of it being "too small" or how many more acres should be added or what it costs to manage it is misleading and misses the important point. What happens to the system in the future must be based on values. We should never stop adding areas that possess the values that are worth protecting for future generations.

Aug 11th - 00:14am | trailadvocate

Anyone think present actions on the borders with millions of undocumented and documented immigrants coming into the country is a good thing and how Parks and other wild lands will be effected? Seemingly the same folks in DC that are allowing it also are making more National Monuments. Is that the payoff? Just looking at it in the big picture. Major trouble in River City I am thinking.

Aug 10th - 21:50pm | Randy Turner

I retired in 2011 after more than 35 years in the National Park Service. I enjoyed all of my 13 assignments, ranging from seasonal park aid to park superintendent. However, the most interesting year was 1999 when I was the 10th Bevinetto Congressional Fellow assigned to the U.S. Senate Energy and National Resources Committee, National Parks Subcommittee.

Aug 10th - 17:42pm | Rick Smith

Alfred--As Bob Dylan sang, "I'll let you be in my dream if I can be in yours." Harry--Who's in charge of the slimming down process? The historians? The biologists? The Regional Directors? Mitch McConnell? And the NPS has been through zero-based budgeting. Did it help the first time?

Aug 10th - 15:10pm | Alfred Runte

When Marjory Stoneman Douglas dared to dream Everglades National Park, the population of Florida was 1 million. Now what is it? 20 million. When John Muir dared to dream Yosemite National Park, the population of the state was 1 million. Now what is it? 38 million. This is to explain why the national parks are generally high country--or dry country. And why there are so few parks in the East.

Aug 10th - 14:55pm | Harryb3570

We all want to be dreamers but sometimes it is necessary to face reality. I believe the NPS should continue to grow but in a SLOW and thoughtful manner. We do not need a park of the week or a park to mark every minor event in American History. The NPS is too large and cannot be managed with the funds and staff we now have. Asking Congress for more money will not work.

Aug 10th - 14:54pm | Anonymous

There is much to do. Consider the case of the Marin Headlands and Golden Gate NRA. Google "Thomas Frouge" and "Marincello" sometime. Those people who were committed to right a wrong well underway, instead of "simply dreaming", saved something worth saving. There are initiatives worthy of macroeffort, and ones worth our microefforts. It is not an "either / or" proposition, Dr. Runte.

Aug 10th - 13:14pm | Rick Smith

We are dreamers, Dr. Runte. I doubt we would have saved what we have now if dreamers such as Marjorie

Aug 10th - 11:30am | Alfred Runte

Everything said here is true, and unfortunately impossible to reverse. We are today a country of 325 million people, quickly headed for 125 million more. Do you think any national park park system can withstand that? Do you think better attention to "diversity" will make a difference?

Aug 10th - 08:41am | ecbuck

"The international standard for conservation of terrestrial and inland waters is 17 percent. A recent estimate puts the current U.S. total at 7 percent. The maritime and coastal area standard of 10 percent is even further from being achieved. "

National Park management

Aug 10th - 20:48pm | Owen Hoffman

When I worked as a park ranger-naturalist at Crater Lake, Zion, and Yosemite, I used to spend a lot of time worrying about this very question. I was much concerned that the economics of industrial tourism and outdoor recreation was influencing the character of the NPS much more than its mission to preserve and protect.

Night Skies And History At Dinosaur National Monument

Aug 10th - 08:01am | Kurt Repanshek

Owen, it is great to see so many night sky programs popping up around the park system. We've borrowed on that theme for the cover of our fall guide to the parks, which comes out this coming weekend. I think you'll love it.

Aug 9th - 18:21pm | Owen Hoffman

I am thrilled to see the night sky featured at so many of our national park areas, encouraging park visitors to stay out after dark and look up.

Grizzly Bear Attacked, Ate, Hiker Who Died In Yellowstone National Park

Aug 9th - 21:15pm | Suzy

Very sorry to hear this. We were hiking in Glacier Park, Mt and encountered a grizzly. Very scary moment. I am not a bear expert but I believe the reason they would have to put the bear down is because it may seek humans as its food source.

Aug 9th - 12:26pm |

Aug 9th - 10:07am | Anonymous

You have not a clue what happened... Please stop until you know the facts

Aug 9th - 01:21am | Ray Bane

A truly sad incident. The victim's family and friends are obviously in shock and grief. It sounds like this was simply a combination of circumstances that ended badly. A sow with offspring is dynamite with a short fuse.

Aug 8th - 23:55pm | Dick

Too bad he wasn't packing heat. This incident is a stern reminder that hikers need to be suitably armed when traversing grizzly country.

Aug 8th - 23:00pm | Elizabeth Creely

Please don't kill the bear.

Aug 8th - 20:47pm | Anyone

I hope none of your family members are killed by a bear, you might have a different opinion then.

Aug 8th - 20:36pm | Judith Hausmann

I love Yellowstone, but this is bear country, their home!, i love to hike, and in doing so i must respect nature. Prayers to all the family & friends, but this was a chance we all take when out in the country that wild animals call HOME.

Aug 8th - 20:10pm | Anonymous

The problem with bears is they will continue to return to where they found previously, so further hikers beware. You are future delicacies for the bears palate.

Aug 8th - 18:31pm | Shines46

I don't believe in punishing this bear. Man is invading its turf!!! If she had a cub she was just protecting it...

Aug 8th - 17:08pm | Random Walker

"If people persist in trespassing upon the grizzlies' territory, we must accept that the grizzlies, from time to time, will harvest a few trespassers." ~ Edward Abbey

Fatal Fall from Angels Landing in Zion National Park

Aug 9th - 03:32am | Hammer

Observation Point is a great hike in and of itself. It is actually higher than Angels Landing. It has heights, but they are on one side at a time. The pathway is about four feet wide which is much more manageable than Angels Landing.

Katmai National Park Moves To Ban Bicycles From Valley Of 10,000 Smokes

Aug 9th - 01:11am | Ray Bane

Back in the mid 80s Katmai was faced with this same. A group of mountain bikers asked for permission to ride the road to the Valley of 10K Smokes and then descend onto the ash field. I said no. Anyone riding a bike on the road could set off a chase by a bear. The crust on the ash fields in the Valley of !0K Smokes are vulnerable to shredding by bike tires.

Aug 8th - 22:29pm | Libation

That is BS: bikes erode the landscape much more quickly and dramatically than foot traffic. I've seen this on trails previously closed to biking that were then opened up to mountain biking. Within a couple of years these trails, once narrow and covered with plants at the edges, had become converted to wide, bare troughs. Ugly!

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