Guy Tosses Meat to Bear, Gets Mauled

Story ends the way you'd expect...
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 17, 2013 12:29 PM CDT
A man hurled barbecued meat to a bear and got mauled for it.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) It's not a good week for tipsy guys: An overly generous—and possibly inebriated—man tossed barbecued meat to a black bear near an Alaska campground. His reward: getting mauled, state troopers say, per the Anchorage Daily News. The man had been at a church picnic at Eklutna Lake when he rode off on his bike with some of the meat, a state trooper rep says, noting that "he'd been drinking." When he spotted the bear, he tossed it some meat, which the animal gobbled down. Then the man, whose name hasn't been released because he could face wildlife-feeding charges, offered it some more.

"That’s when it kind of went ballistic," the rep says. The bear broke the skin on the man's jaw and scratched his back. When park rangers found the guy, he was cleaning up at the campground, another authority says. "He wasn’t terribly coherent," and officials still aren't 100% sure of the details of his story. The man was hospitalized and released. An official biologist says the bear isn't a particular threat. "The bear was pretty much goaded into this." (Read more strange stuff stories.)

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