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Old 12-10-2008, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
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I'm curious why so many of you think the photographer should have done something . . . wouldn't that possibly turn the bear on him/her?

Also, he is a very lucky man considering that bears of all types have no trouble getting into locked vehicles quickly.

Yikes!
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Old 12-10-2008, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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I'm curious why so many of you think the photographer should have done something . . . wouldn't that possibly turn the bear on him/her?

Also, he is a very lucky man considering that bears of all types have no trouble getting into locked vehicles quickly.

Yikes!
The photographer may in fact have been yelling to the guy where the bear was at... Once the guy was in a full sprint, the bear could have changed directions and ran into the guy. He seems to be staying about half way around the truck from the bear without being able to see the bear, so that would make sense.

Can't say that is what happened, but I would figure that he was doing more than just shooting pictures... If he wasn't, I would figure that they guy outrunning the bear would have been up for assault charges from beating the photographer with his camera after the bear event was over with....
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Old 12-10-2008, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Newport, ME
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Picture four is priceless. The bear looking over the truck to see where his potential prey is hiding while the guy is looking over the back. Must be playing a cross betwenn tag and peak-a-boo. Wonder what he had to say to the guy taking the pics after?
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Old 12-10-2008, 05:51 PM
 
Location: Nome
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I am surprised that the bear didn't go for the photgrapher.

But friends like that who needs enemies.
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Old 12-11-2008, 01:19 AM
 
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I agree, with friends like those, you don't need enemas. LOL
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Old 12-11-2008, 01:23 AM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Old 10-06-2010, 11:01 AM
 
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Does anyone know how and when to go bear-seeing in kotzebu, AK? I am a Physician and planning to do ome months in Alaska wilderness to experience the palces, know the people who are indigenous...etc. Thanks.
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Old 10-06-2010, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Puposky MN
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Old 10-06-2010, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Fairbanks, AK
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After a few laps of the car the bear almost caught up, managing to land a few heavy swipes on his prey.

The man eventually managed to take refuge in a neighbouring truck which was unlocked.

His back and head were covered in more than 100 deep scratches where the massive claws had managed to rip through his thick winter clothes and padded coat.
Chilling game of hide and seek with a hungry polar bear | Mail Online
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Old 10-06-2010, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Barrow, Alaska
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The cited article is high on imagination, and low of facts.

The pictures were taken in Kaktovik, 300 miles or so east of Barrow, not in Barrow as the article claims.

One interesting bit of information that may be correct though, is the injury to the fellow in the pictures. I never saw that claim anywhere else, but at about that time I did see a picture of someone who'd been slightly mauled by a polar bear. It could be the picture I saw was of that fellow. The description matches the pictures. Unfortunately the picture is no longer available, so I can't try comparing to see if it's the same guy.

However, since no other source that I recall seeing said the bear actually mauled him, I'm a bit skeptical given the rest of the article.
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