California man attacked by grizzly becomes park's first fatality8/27/2012
Part of the appeal of national parks is the ability to observe wildlife in their natural habitats. Unfortunately, paying an entry fee doesn't make those encounters any safer. Richard White has become a tragic reminder that wild animals don't discriminate between experienced outdoorsmen and weekend warriors. The California native and longtime backpacker was killed by a grizzly bear in Alaska's Denali National Park, becoming the park's first bear fatality in its 95-year history. Although he completed the park's mandatory bear awareness training, White spent eight minutes photographing the grizzly at a distance of 50-100 yards; the park urges visitors to remain least a quarter mile from the animals. [Source]
Could national parks do more to protect visitors?