Topic: Meeting a Bear
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HYDER, Alaska (JULY, 2000 - AP) -- A bear killed and partially ate a man at a campground near a bear viewing area. The body of of the man was found Saturday at the Run Amuck campground near Hyder, a community along the Canadian border about 75 miles from Ketchikan. The man was apparently alone at the campground, sleeping outdoors with only a tarp for shelter, a quarter-mile from a bear-viewing platform operated by the U.S. Forest Service.

Bears very rarely kill and eat people but many people are seriously injured yearly by bears and thousands have their campsites and vehicles totally demolished by bears looking for food. If you are driving, camping, or backpacking in bear country you need to heed advise regarding food storage (see web links Web). If you are planning to travel to bear country, learn the basics of bear proofing your car and your campsite before you ever leave home.

Bears leave signs that they are in the woods. Note the gouged out area in the tree in the top photograph. Bears dig out soft spots in dead logs and trees in search of bugs.

If you see tracks like those shown in the bottom photograph you will know that bears are close by. Their tracks are very large, about the size of a very large hand.

WARNING: It is inhumane, dangerous, and illegal to feed bears. It is inhumane because bears that become dependent upon our feeding eventually end up being killed when they repeatedly raid camp sites. Don't feed the bears!
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