Another terrifying bear story
Despite zero black bear sightings at our cottage, I remain preoccupied with stories related to tips to avoid encounters or how to deal with attacks.
Here is a sad but incredibly interesting story from the Daily Mail that details the death of a 17-year-old boy who was mauled by a polar bear on a trip with BSES Expeditions in the Arctic.
The paper is reporting that "on August 5, the starving polar bear attacked a camp of 13 young explorers as they slept on the island of Spitsbergen in Svalbard, Norway." The group had failed to use a lookout as they slept, despite warnings to do so, according to the story.
The reporting is incredibly detailed in describing what could be failed safety measures at the campsite -- as well as problems with flares and rifles carried by the group -- including a tripwire that was improperly anchored to the ground.
The Times Live reported today that the bear may have suffered from severe tooth pain and that, in addition to starvation, could have contributed to its aggressive behaviour.