Man who survived mauling by grizzly recounts ordeal. Despite the brutality of the attack, Timothy Henderson says he doesn’t blame the bear. By Rocky Barker – Idaho Statesman
This story gives us valuable information about what happened. The man who was mauled is a good guy and the newspaper tells how you can help him and his family.
Idaho Fish and Game efforts to trip the grizzly bear have not been successful, and many hope they won’t be.
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Update late on April 14: The grizzly bear has been killed. Scott MacButch tells the story. He was there. He also clears up a lot of other information about the area where this happened which has not been made clear by the media. Scott sent this as a comment. I moved it to part of the post. It follows:
This morning around 07:30 am the Grizzly that was involved in the recent mauling was killed by Idaho Fish & Game. It had been caught in a leg snare during the night and was bellowing most of the night, as my cabin is right next to where it was caught. When the Id Fish & Game arrived (along with the Sheriff & deputy) I expressed my hope that it could live and wished that it would have left. Do note that even Tim, the guy that got mauled wished it no harm, but they told me the decision had been made, that there was a remote chance that it might have rabies and that tests would be performed on the tissue. The bear was 350-400 lbs and it took 5 of us using all our strength using a sled to haul it up the wooded hill on the back of my property.
They will perform a necropsy today in ID Falls. There is no evidence that any cubs were around. There were no other tracks that I have been able to see, and they are pretty clear in the snow. I felt especially bad that it was a female. It had one broken canine and the other teeth, especially the incisors were very old, really ground down leading us to believe that it was a relatively old female, though I wonder if some of this wear was from it chewing on the steel cable during the night. Other than the teeth, the bear looked in good shape from coming out of hibernation.
Just to set a few facts straight, this is not a development or subdivision, I own 32 acres and have since the 1980’s. Yes, the Teton Valley is experiencing rapid growth, but the Targhee Forest is only 1/4 mile from my land, so this is not the case where some bear walked into a new subdivision.
The other notion that seems to be vented in these blogs, is that people that build up here don’t want to assume any risk. I know I may not representative of all my neighbors, but many of us are keen observers of wildlife, and care deeply about them. There are also several guides and backcountry skiers that live up Rammell Mtn road, and believe me, we know a few things about risks.
I guess one observation I could pass on concerning the mauling, would be that it occurred at around 08:30 pm. This and early morning are a time when bears become quite active, and a time that we should avoid walking in dense timber, though if my dog Pup was barking, I probably would have done the exact same thing, but I won’t any more. Tim had walked about 75 yards from his house when he was attacked, as I found blood there and down feathers.
I feel real bad for Tim, and it says something about his compassion and spirit about having no ill feelings toward the bear, but the fate of the bear was out of his hands.
Update of April 15. Idaho Statesman story by Rocky Barker. Interesting that unlike the previous reports, Barker says the bear was a male. Barker also also notes that there will be a lawsuit to stop grizzly delisting in the Greater Yellowstone.
Yes, we are going to sue. You can’t believe any promise from the corrupt Bush regime. They say they will conserve the grizzly bear like they said there were WMDs in Iraq and that they would respect and help the veterans. In the last 2 weeks 4 new scandals have emerged: the student loan scandal, the GSA scandal, and the Wolfowitz girlfriend scandal, the “lost” email scandal, to add to the on-going Dept. of Interior scandals, and the prosecuter purge scandal