News: Russia's "Man-Eating" Kamchatka Bears Face an Unsavory Fate - National Geographic ADVENTURE

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Let the bears be!

I'm glad to hear the bears are killing off the humnan population of that region! The general population of people in those parts are ignorant,uneducated and uncivilized. They do not understand that they are destroying the precious eco-system of those lands...They've taken away the bears resources for food and now they're blaming the bears for the attach??? Like I said - ignorant, uneducated and uncivilized brutes. To hell with them, and the sooner the better, so the bear population can increase and live happily every after!

Bear Spray

These people need some bear spray not an armed response.Guard Alaska Bear Spray works great and would run these bears off without having to kill them.

R.J.

A few comments from an admitted non-expert on the subject of the bear attacks.

I follow bear-human interaction stories on a regular basis. I acknowledge human carelessness and stupidity as well as just plain bad luck as being the impetus for most brown bear atacks though, as with any generalization, this is not always true.

Kamchatka's setting is true wilderness. Its bear have not had great amounts of contact with "modern" civilation until the 18th and 19th centuries.

The Kamchatka Peninsula is like much of rural Alaska in that remote settlements of Kamchatka today have still not devised economic means of disposing of their waste. Smart bear even are able to thwart "bear-resistant" and "bear-proof" devices. The (Alaska) Peninsula Clarion reported on August 12th that a bear died after forced its way through an expanded metal grate at the top of a dumpster in Cooper Landing, fell in, and was not able to get out.

Garbage Bears are an unfortunate byproduct of human existence in the wilderness. Starving bears compound the situation. Habituated bears who have lost their fear of humans are a legitimate concern. - - - The death of thirty or more Brown Bear is inevitable given the death of the two guards.

I'm PRO-BEAR.
I do, however, value human life far greater than that of any bear.
I will always protect myself and my outdoor colleagues if at all possible.

This leads up to your article:

It states that the men were "mauled to death but left uneaten—an indication of that the bears saw the two men as a territorial threat, not prey" seems to conflict with AP's "attacked and ate" statement. Regardless of the truth, isn't it a common practice for a bear to cache its kill in most instances?

I doubt that the 550 pounds (250kg) of salmon and fish pie and 220 pounds (100 kg) of salmon that were consumed by the miners on "Fisher's Day" made any difference in the attacks on the guards at the Koryakgeologia Mine facility July 17th. And were the fish used actually poached??

Regarding the reports of poaching; RESEARCH PLEASE: - - - Though it had been mentioned in the AP-Moscow release, I doubt the source had much interest in the welfare of the miners. If credible, was the poaching being done in flagrant violation of game laws to make money, as too often is the case, or was it being done to feed families? If it was the latter, did it have anything at all to with the feeding of the partcipants of the "Fisher's Day" celebration? If it was the former, then document that illegal SALES were involved.

The statement "Most of the 30 bears will probably be killed" differs from AP-Moscow's release: "About 10 bears have ALSO been seen near the village of Khailino sniffing fish remains and other garbage. Village official Viktor Leushkin was quoted by ITAR-Tass as saying that a team of hunters will be dispatched to shoot or chase off the bears. "These (10) predators have to be destroyed," Leushkin was quoted as saying."

So, it may be 10 bears, or maybe even 40 bears, but the AP-Moscow release doesn't mention the killing of 30 bears.

UPI reports on August 1, that four bear were shot in Kamchatka and "About 16,000 bears live on the Kamchatka Peninsula, even venturing INTO Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, the major city with a population of almost 200,000."

Oddly enough, There are similar reports in the U.K. where the word "miners" is replaced by "geologists" or "scientists".* This isn't a hoax, is it?

* 'Man-eating bears kill two scientists and lay siege to survivors trapped in remote forest base' - Will Stewart - 24th July 2008 - www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1038259/Man-eating-bears-kill-scientists-lay-siege-survivors-trapped-remote-forest-base.html

. . . and . . . 'Bears Trap Geologists In Russia' - Sky News - 3:07pm UK, Tuesday July 22, 2008 -
//news.sky.com/skynews/Home/World-News/Russia-30-Hungry-Bears-Trap-Group-Of-Geologists-In-Remote-Kamchatka-Region---Two-Scientists-Killed/Article/200807415049491?f=rss

"At least 30 hungry bears have trapped a group of geologists at their remote survey site in Russia's far east after killing two of their co-workers last week.

The team of geologists on Russia's seismically active Kamchatka peninsula refused to leave their camp after the bears showed up, a spokesman for the region's emergency services ministry said.

He said: "In the interests of safety they didn't come out to work - the people are scared by the invasion of bears."

A bear killed two geologists at the worksite on July 18, officials said."

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