The dogs are getting organised and are almost ready to overthrow their human oppressors. This is the first in many planned acts of terrierism. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
An angry domesticated badger has savaged five people, leaving one man so seriously injured he needed skin grafts, and chased away pursuing police officers during a 48-hour rampage through a quiet town.
California Couple Killed In Alaskan Bear Attack
POSTED: 3:15 p.m. PDT October 7, 2003
UPDATED: 4:10 p.m. PDT October 7, 2003
KING SALMON, Alaska -- A self-styled bear expert who once called Alaska's brown bears harmless party animals was one of two Californians fatally mauled in a bear attack in Katmai National Park and Preserve -- the first known bear killings in the 4.7-million-acre park.
The bodies of Timothy Treadwell, 46, and Amie Hugenard, 37, both of Malibu, Calif., were found near Kaflia Bay on Monday when a pilot with Andrew Airways arrived to pick them up and take them to Kodiak, Alaska State Troopers said. The park is on the Alaska Peninsula.
Treadwell, co-author of "Among Grizzlies: Living With Wild Bears in Alaska," spent more than a dozen summers living alone with Katmai bears, and videotaping them. Information on Hugenard was not immediately available.
The Andrew Airways pilot contacted troopers in Kodiak and the National Park Service in King Salmon after he saw a brown bear, possibly on top of a body, in the camp Monday afternoon.
Park rangers encountered a large, aggressive male brown bear when they arrived at the campsite and killed it. Investigators then found human remains buried by a bear near the campsite, which was in a brushy area with poor visibility.
No weapons were found at the scene, Park Service spokeswoman Jane Tranel said. Firearms are prohibited in that part of the park.
The remains and the entire campsite were packed out Monday and transported to Kodiak on the Andrew Airways flight.
As the plane was being loaded, another aggressive bear approached and was killed by park rangers and troopers. The bear was younger, possibly a 3-year-old, according to Bruce Bartley, a spokesman for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game office in King Salmon.
The bodies were flown to the state medical examiner's office for autopsy.
Dean Andrew, owner of Andrew Airways, said the pilot was too upset to comment. The company had been flying Treadwell out to Katmai for 13 years and Huguenard for the last couple of years. Andrew said Treadwell as an experienced outdoorsman.
"We were all good friends with him," he said. "We haven't had time to deal with it."
Treadwell was known for his brazen confidence around bears. He often got so close he could touch them. He gave them names. Once he was filmed crawling along the ground singing as he approached a sow and two cubs.
Over the years, Park Service officials, biologists and others expressed concern about his safety and the message he was sending out.
"At best he's misguided," Deb Liggett, superintendent at Katmai and Lake Clark national parks, told the Anchorage Daily News in 2001. "At worst he's dangerous. If Timothy models unsafe behavior, that ultimately puts bears and other visitors at risk."
That same year, Treadwell was a guest on the "Late Show with David Letterman," describing Alaska brown bears as mostly harmless "party animals." He said he felt safer living among the bears than running through New York's Central Park.
In his book, Treadwell said he decided to devote himself to saving grizzlies after a drug overdose, followed by several close calls with brown bears in early trips to Alaska. He said those experiences inspired him to give up drugs, study bears and establish a nonprofit bear-appreciation group, called Grizzly People.
Grizzly and brown bears are the same species, but brown is used to describe bears in coastal areas and grizzly for bears in the Interior.
Treadwell and Huguenard were videotaping bears at the Kaflia Bay lakes, usually not frequented by visitors, according to Park Service spokesman John Quinley. He said bears are attracted to the area by a late run of salmon passing through lakes.
The site is 60 air miles east of Brooks Camp, the best known and most frequently visited bear-watching site in the park. Although it is reachable only by float plane or boat, as many as 300 people visit in July, when scores of bears congregate at the Brooks River as sockeye salmon make their way to spawning grounds.
"July is prime-time for bears there," Quinley said. "It's a worldwide destination."
In the mid-1980s, a brown bear mauled the body of a visitor who drowned, but this week's attacks are the first known bear killings in the park, Quinley said.
Rangers planned to return to the site Tuesday, but were waiting for low clouds to clear, Bartley said.
Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press.
Wildlife author killed, eaten by bears he loved
KATMAI: Many had warned Treadwell that his encounters with browns were too close.
By CRAIG MEDRED
Anchorage Daily News
(Published: October 8, 2003)
A California author and filmmaker who became famous for trekking to Alaska's remote Katmai coast to commune with brown bears has fallen victim to the teeth and claws of the wild animals he loved.
Alaska State Troopers and National Park Service officials said Timothy Treadwell, 46, and girlfriend Amie Huguenard, 37, were killed and partially eaten by a bear or bears near Kaflia Bay, about 300 miles southwest of Anchorage, earlier this week.
Scientists who study Alaska brown bears said they had been warning Treadwell for years that he needed to be more careful around the huge and powerful coastal twin of the grizzly.
Treadwell's films of close-up encounters with giant bears brought him a bounty of national media attention. The fearless former drug addict from Malibu, Calif. -- who routinely eased up close to bears to chant "I love you'' in a high-pitched, sing-song voice -- was the subject of a show on the Discovery Channel and a report on "Dateline NBC." Blond, good-looking and charismatic, he appeared for interviews on David Letterman's show and "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" to talk about his bears. He even gave them names: Booble, Aunt Melissa, Mr. Chocolate, Freckles and Molly, among others.
A self-proclaimed eco-warrior, he attracted something of a cult following too. Chuck Bartlebaugh of "Be Bear Aware,'' a national bear awareness campaign, called Treadwell one of the leaders of a group of people engaged in "a trend to promote getting close to bears to show they were not dangerous.
"He kept insisting that he wanted to show that bears in thick brush aren't dangerous. The last two people killed (by bears) in Glacier National Park went off the trail into the brush. They said their goal was to find a grizzly bear so they could 'do a Timothy.' We have a trail of dead people and dead bears because of this trend that says, 'Let's show it's not dangerous.' ''
But even Treadwell knew that getting close with brown bears in thick cover was indeed dangerous. In his 1997 book "Among Grizzlies,'' he wrote of a chilling encounter with a bear in the alder thickets that surround Kaflia Lake along the outer coast of Katmai National Park and Preserve.
"This was Demon, who some experts label the '25th Grizzly,' the one that tolerates no man or bear, the one that kills without bias,'' Treadwell wrote. "I had thought Demon was going to kill me in the Grizzly Maze.''
Treadwell survived and kept coming back to the area. He would spend three to four months a summer along the Katmai coast, filming, watching and talking to the bears.
"I met him during the summer of '98 at Hallo Bay,'' said Stephen Stringham, a professor with the University of Alaska system. "At first, having read his book, I thought he was fairly foolhardy ... (but) he was more careful than the book portrayed.
"He wasn't naive. He knew there was danger."
Despite that, Treadwell refused to carry firearms or ring his campsites with an electric fence as do bear researchers in the area. And he stopped carrying bear spray for self-protection in recent years. Friends said he thought he knew the bears so well he didn't need it.
U.S. Geological Survey bear researcher Tom Smith; Sterling Miller, formerly the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's top bear authority; and others said they tried to warn the amateur naturalist that he was being far too cavalier around North America's largest and most powerful predator.
"He's the only one I've consistently had concern for,'' Smith said. "He had kind of a childlike attitude about him.''
"I told him to be much more cautious ... because every time a bear kills somebody, there is a big increase in bearanoia and bears get killed,'' Miller said. "I thought that would be a way of getting to him, and his response was 'I would be honored to end up in bear scat.' ''
A number of other people said that over the years Treadwell made similar comments to them, implying that he would prefer to die as part of a bear's meal. All said they found the comments troubling, because bears that attack people so often end up dead.
RANGERS RETRIEVE REMAINS
Katmai park rangers who went Monday to retrieve the remains of Treadwell and Huguenard -- both of whom were largely eaten -- ended up killing two bears near the couple's campsite.
Katmai superintendent Deb Liggett said she was deeply troubled by the whole episode.
"The last time I saw Timothy, I told him to be safe out there and that none of my staff would ever forgive him if they had to kill a bear because of him,'' she said. "I kind of had a heart-to-heart with him. I told him he was teaching the wrong message.
"This is unfortunate, (but) I'm not surprised. It really wasn't a matter of if; it was just a matter of when.''
What led up to the latest Alaska bear attack, as well as exactly when it happened, is unknown. The bodies of Treadwell and Huguenard, a physician's assistant from Boulder, Colo., were discovered Monday by the pilot of a Kodiak air taxi who arrived at their wilderness camp to take them back to civilization. A bear had buried the remains of both in what is known as a "food cache.''
The couple's tent was flattened as if a bear sat or stepped on it, but it had not been ripped open, even though food was inside. The condition of the tent led most knowledgeable observers to conclude the attack probably took place during the daylight hours when Treadwell and Huguenard were outside the tent, instead of at night when they would have been inside. Most of their food was found in bear-proof containers near the camp.
Officials said the camp was clean but located close to a number of bear trails. Because of the concentration of bears in the Kaflia Lake area and a shortage of good campsites, however, it is almost impossible to camp anywhere but along a bear trail there.
EXTENDED THEIR STAY
Treadwell and Huguenard, who was in the process of moving from Colorado to Malibu to live with Treadwell, had last been heard from Sunday afternoon when they used a satellite phone to talk to Jewel Palovak. Palovak is a Malibu associate of Treadwell at Grizzly People, which bills itself as "a grass-roots organization devoted to preserving bears and their wilderness habitat.''
Palovak said she talked with Treadwell about his favorite bear, a sow he called Downy. Treadwell had been worried, Palovak said, that the sow might have wandered out of the area and been killed by hunters. So instead of returning to California at the end of September as planned, Treadwell lingered at Kaflia to look for her. Palovak said Treadwell was excited to report finding the animal alive.
PILOT CALLS IN TRAGEDY
What transpired in the hours after the phone call is unknown. The Kodiak pilot who arrived at the Treadwell camp the next day was met by a charging brown bear. The bear forced the pilot for Andrew Airways back to his floatplane.
Authorities said he took off and buzzed the bear several times in an effort to drive it out of the area, but it would not leave the campsite established by Treadwell and Huguenard. When the pilot spotted the bear apparently sitting on the remains of a human, authorities said, he flew back to the lake, landed, beached his plane some distance from the camp and called for help from troopers and the Park Service.
Interviews with sources who were on the scene provided this account:
Park rangers were the first to arrive. They hiked from the beach toward a knob above the camp hoping to be able to survey the scene from a distance. They had no sooner reached the top of the knob, however, than they were charged by a large brown bear.
It was shot and killed at a distance of about 12 feet. The Andrew Air pilot, according to Bruce Bartley of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, was convinced the large boar with the ratty hide was the same animal he'd tried to buzz out of the campsite. The boar was described as an underweight, old male with rotting teeth.
Authorities do not know if it was the bear that killed Treadwell and Huguenard. They were to fly to the site on Tuesday to search the animal's stomach for human remains but were prevented from doing so by bad weather.
After shooting that bear, rangers and troopers who had by then arrived walked down to the campsite and undertook the task of gathering the remains of the two campers. While they were there, another large boar grizzly went through the campsite but largely ignored the humans.
A smaller, subadult that appeared later, however, seemed to be stalking the group. Rangers and troopers shot and killed it.
"It would have killed Timothy to know that they killed the bears,'' Palovak said, "but there was no choice in the matter."
"He was very clear that he didn't want any retaliation against a bear,'' added Roland Dixon, a wealthy bear fan who lives on a ranch outside of Fort Collins, Colo., and has been one of Treadwell's main benefactors for the past six or seven years. "He was really adamant that he didn't want any bear to suffer from any mistake that he made. His attitude was that if something like this were to happen, it would probably be his fault.''
Bartlebaugh of "Be Bear Aware'' has no doubts that Treadwell loved the animals but believes the love was misguided.
"I'm an avid bear enthusiast,'' Bartlebaugh said. "It's the same attitude that I think Timothy had, but I don't want them (the bears) to be my friends. I don't want to have a close, loving relationship. I want to be in awe of them as wild animals.''
Palovak, Treadwell's associate, and Dixon take a different view.
"I think (Timothy) would say it's the culmination of his life's work,'' Palovak said. "He always knew that he was the bear's guest and that they could terminate his stay at any time. He lived with the full knowledge of that. He died doing what he lived for.''
"He was kind of a goofy guy,'' Dixon said. "It took me a while to get in tune with him. His whole life was dedicated to being with the bears, or teaching young people about them. That's all he ever did. It was always about the bears. It was never about Timothy. He had a passion and he lived his passion. There will be no one to replace him. There's just nobody in the bear world who studies bears like Timothy did.''
Dixon acknowledged Treadwell took risks with bears but dismissed as envious those who criticized his behavior .
October 9, 2003 -- ANCHORAGE - The graphic sounds of a deadly bear attack in the Alaska wilderness were captured on tape, revealing a wildlife author's final screams as he tried to fend off the beast, authorities said yesterday.
Trooper Chris Hill said the tape suggests a video camera was turned on just before Timothy Treadwell was fatally attacked at his campsite. His girlfriend, Amie Huguenard, was later mauled to death by a bear. The recording is audio only, and the screen is blank for all six minutes.
"They're both screaming. She's telling him to play dead, then it changes to fighting back. He asks her to hit the bear," Hill said.
"There's so much noise going on. I don't know what's him and what might be an animal."
The remains of Treadwell, 46, and Huguenard, 37, both of Malibu, Calif., were found Monday at Katmai National Park. Treadwell was known for approaching bears in the wild.
"The audio starts while he's being mauled and ends while he's being mauled," Hill said.
Treadwell may have heard a bear and asked Huguenard to turn on the camera, which was found with the lens cap on packed in a bag, Hill said.
"At first, she sounds kind of surprised and asks if it's still out there. I'm not sure if she was asking if a bear was outside their tent or in the brush," Hill said. "The audio stops because the tape runs out."
I'm thinking more "Bucking Idjit" myself.Emperor said:and a bit more background (a word rhyming with buckwit springs to mind):
Sleeping Fla. Boy Has 4 Fingers Gnawed Off By Family Dog
Fingers Found In Dog's Stomach
POSTED: 12:59 p.m. EDT October 15, 2003
UPDATED: 11:55 p.m. EDT October 15, 2003
A 6-year-old Florida boy who was partially paralyzed by a hit-and-run driver last year had four of his fingers chewed off by his family's dog because he couldn't feel what the animal was doing.
Dontavius Bryant, of Tampa, Fla., was hit by a driver last year and left with no feeling on his left side, which is why he didn't feel the dog chewing off his fingers to his second knuckle while he slept.
Dontavius's 10-year-old brother, who shares a bed with him, found blood on the bed when he awoke sometime between 5 and 5:30 a.m. Monday.
"My brother told me to look at my hand," said Dontavius, sitting in a wheelchair Tuesday afternoon at the hospital with his left hand wrapped in white gauze. "I looked at it, and it was bleeding."
Hillsborough County animal control officials destroyed the puppy, a mixed breed of chow and pit bull named Chaka.
The child's fingers were found in the dog's stomach, police said.
Jerrolyn "Shawn" Dewberry, 27, rushed her son to St. Joseph's Hospital. Dontavius was being treated at adjacent Tampa Children's.
"When I woke up, four of his fingers were off. It was a lot of blood," she said. "He went to sleep with 10 fingers, woke up with six." Dontavius, who is right-handed, lost the use of his left hand in October 2002 when the driver of a pickup hit him as he was attempting to cross the street on his way home from playing football. No one has been arrested.
Dontavius and his two older brothers had received the puppy as a gift from their aunt two to three weeks ago, family friend Diona Thomas said.
"I believe the dog didn't know what he was doing," Thomas said. "He was friendly. Everybody loved him."
Chaka will be the last dog Dontavius will have, his mother said. "I don't want more dogs," Dewberry said. "We're going to stick to fish, to birds. No pets like dogs."
Dontavius is taking his latest injury in stride, saying it doesn't interfere with his passion for playing video games.
"I'll be OK. I can still play video games with one hand," he said.
A neighbor said the boy and his family ate corndogs for dinner Sunday night, and like many youngsters, he may have forgotten to wash his hands before going to bed. The scent may have been what led the dog to chew on the child's fingers, said Diona Thomas, 35, a family friend who lives two doors down.
Bear smashes through hospital doors - twice
Patients in a Japanese hospital were astonished to see a wild bear smash through the entrance door twice within the space of a few minutes.
The 100kg bear crashed in one entrance and out of another before circuiting the hospital and returning through the first entrance.
Once outside it ran across the hospital car park and returned for a second look before fleeing into nearby mountains.
The Japan Times said the early morning intrusions left patients and security guards at the hospital in Ichinoseki stunned.
Story filed: 13:49 Friday 17th October 2003
Posted on Thu, Oct. 16, 2003
Looking for love -- 300-pounds of emu love
DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. - He stands six feet tall, weighs 300 pounds and may be looking for love, says the owner of an ostrich-like emu that was on the loose in the Florida Panhandle.
The flightless bird that escaped from his pen Wednesday remained at large Thursday, said Walton County sheriff's Capt. Danny Glidewell.
Jeff Crawford, who has raised the emu for eight years, said the bird could be dangerous.
"I don't want to be held liable if that sex-crazed thing does something to somebody," Crawford said. "I want people to know he's running around out there."
Crawford said the emu was spooked and jumped the fence when a neighbor hauled a large trailer down their rural road.
"You've got a 50- or 60-foot trailer coming down this little road, breaking off tree branches and making all kinds of noise," Crawford said. "Heck, I'd run, too."
'Dead' moose attacked hunter
A hunter's worst nightmare came true for 68-year-old Arne Aurdal after shooting a moose in the forest in Gausdal. Aurdal is considering giving up the sport after being beaten black and blue by the mortally wounded animal, though he survived thanks to a bit of quick thinking.
Aurdal escaped with cuts and a bodyful of bruises, but a clever idea helped him avoid what could have been a painful death, newspaper Gudbrandsdoelen Dagningen reports.
"I was sure that my final hour had come, and that the bull was going to kill me. I grabbed onto his horns and hoped that his wild frenzy would end. The minute it lasted seemed like an eternity," Aurdal told the paper.
Aurdal, an experienced hunter, had taken the moose down with his first shot, and moved in to finish it off. At that moment, Aurdal was faced with a situation that moose hunters fear but rarely see.
"Suddenly the animal reared up and jumped right towards me. In panic, I threw myself onto his horns in the hope that my only chance was to avoid being skewered on the ground," Aurdal said.
The moose ended its days in a violent frenzy, thrashing Aurdal around as the man clung on for dear life.
"Luckily the bull gave up. The first shot was well aimed, and after a minute of madness it sank to its knees and moved on to the eternal forest," Aurdal said.
Aurdal reckons the beast weighed in at a bit under 300 kilos (650 lbs) and was two and half years old. His horns had five points, and Aurdal is making an exception and keeping the antlers as a memento of his near death experience.
"Right now I'm eating pills to kill the pain in my beaten body, but in a few years I might look back and laugh," Aurdal said.
TAMPA, Fla. -- A 6-year-old Florida boy who is paralyzed on his left side is recovering after a puppy chewed off four of his fingers because he couldn't feel what the animal was doing.
Dontavius Bryant is reported in good condition at Tampa Children's Hospital. The puppy -- a 5.5-week-old chow-pit bull mix named "Chaka" -- was destroyed by animal control officers.
Dontavius was left partially paralyzed about a year ago when he was hit by a pickup as he attempted to cross a street on his way home from playing football.
He suffers partial paralysis on his left side, which is why he could not feel the dog chewing off his fingers to his second knuckle while he slept.
Dontavius seems undeterred by his latest setback. He says the injury won't interfere with his passion to play video games with his right hand.