Seems like every day I get a Bear tweet or a bear alert from our local news services vindicating "Bear" sightings in and around the smaller communities surrounding Grand Rapids. So thought I'd join in on all the fear mongering and bring to you my Top 5 Horrible Deaths brought upon by the Yogi's of our National Forests. If the news reports make you nervous then this will scare the hell out of you!

  • 5

    Timothy Treadwell, 46, male; Amie Huguenard, 37, female - October 2003 - Alaska

    Killed By Black Bear

    Found by their pilot, dead and partially consumed at Katmai National Park, Alaska on October 6, 2003. Treadwell was world-famous for his books and documentaries on living with wild bears in Alaska. He had once told bear scientists that he welcomed ‘death by bear’, in fact considering it an honor to be killed and eaten by one. Seems he got his wish fulfilled. State Troopers investigating the incident recovered an audiotape of the attack.

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  • 4

    Glena Ann Bradley, female - May 2000 - Tennessee

    Killed By Grizzly Bear

    Killed and partially consumed by a 112 pound female and her 40 pound yearling. The attack occurred while she was walking on a trail near Smokey Mountains Campground near Gatlinburg, Tennessee

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  • 3

    Samuel Evan Ives, 11, male - June 17, 2007 - Utah

    Killed By Black Bear

    Samuel Evan Ives was taken from his tent in American Fork Canyon, in the Uinta National Forest, Utah County. Samuel was sleeping in the tent with his stepfather, mother and 6-year-old brother. The bear was later destroyed by Utah state Wildlife officials.

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  • 2

    Lana Hollingsworth 61 - July 25/ 2011


    The bear was scavenging for trash at a dumpster near her vacation home in Pinetop Arizona when it attacked her as she took her dog out for a walk. It launched itself at her three times, ripping off part of her scalp with its claws and teeth and tearing at her arms as she tried desperately to defend herself. Eleven operations were attempted to reattach her scalp and repair her badly-injured arms but to no avail - Lana passed away four weeks later.

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  • 1

    Nick Ruberto, 22 - September 5, 2007 - Minnesota

    Killed By Black Bear

    While drinking with his friends in Ely, Minnesota, the unfortunate Mr. Ruberto wandered into the woods to urinate. He never returned. Upon waking up the following morning, his friends found his mauled remains 60 yards away from the cabin. The bear, later found having an after dinner smoke & picking it's teeth was killed by the Minnesota DNR. .

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