Polar Bear Mauls Sierra Club Hiker in Canada

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CB Deile

Vancouver, WA

#2 Jul 31, 2013
Bears often attack people in tents during the wee hours. Stealth attack--they plan it out, pre-meditated.
CB Deile

Vancouver, WA

#3 Aug 1, 2013
They did it again--removed an entire post containing an article about the bear attacking a Sierra Club hiker in Canada.
Chris Deile

Vancouver, WA

#4 Aug 1, 2013
Anchorage Daily News

Hiker recovering in Montreal hospital after polar bear attack

Man in stable condition after mauling in northern Labrador park

CBC News

Posted: Jul 27, 2013 10:03 AM CT

Last Updated: Jul 27, 2013 10:01 AM CT

A hiker was attacked by a polar bear in Torngat Mountains National Park on Wednesday morning.(Parks Canada)

Polar bear attack injures hiker in Labrador park

A man who was part of a hiking group touring a remote national park in northern Labrador is recovering in a Montreal hospital after a polar bear attacked him.

Matt Dyer, a prominent legal aid lawyer from Maine, was with seven other people as part of a Sierra Club hiking trip to Torngat Mountains National Park when he was attacked by the bear.
torngat mountains, nl
Peter Deering, with Parks Canada, said the bear managed to pass a portable electrical fence and drag Dyer from his tent at around 1:30 a.m. AT.

Dyer was mauled by the bear, but was dropped after the other group members fired flares to scare the bear off.

Jeanne Wells, Dyer's wife, said in a statement that she's grateful for the help he's received.

"My husband is in critical but stable condition, he is a strong man and he is making improvements every day," she said. "My husband has received incredible care in Canada and at the Montreal General Hospital; I believe that's why he is still alive."

No one else in the group was injured.

Parks Canada advises visitors of the park to hire an armed Inuit polar bear guard through the Nunatsiavut base camp set up in the park during their visit, but it is not required. Dyer's group did not hire a bear guard.

Deering said this is an issue Parks Canada is currently looking at.
Chris Deile

Vancouver, WA

#5 Aug 1, 2013
Letter to Portland, maine newspaper (where man attacked by bear is from):

To the Editor:

Regarding the Sierra Club hiker attacked while in his tent at 1:30am by a polar bear in Eastern Canada's Torngat Mountains when an electric fence failed to stop the bear: CBC News reported,"Parks Canada advises visitors of the park to hire an armed Inuit polar bear guard through the Nunatsiavut base camp set up in the park during their visit, but it is not required. Dyer's group did not hire a bear guard." ('Hiker Recovering in Montreal Hospital After Polar Bear Attack'; 7/27/2013)

Armed Inuit guards--an excellent idea by the way--were most likely not hired because the Sierra Club seeks non-lethal means of protection in a bear attack, most notably by advocating pepper spray for bear attacks.

Although the electric fence is a step in the right direction in trying to co-exist peacefully with bears, it and pepper spray are not enough to stop a charging bear. Particularly in the wee hours when bears tend to attack people in tents (remember Japanese wildlife photographer Michio Hoshino experiencing a worse fate in Kamchatka, Russia when a bear attacked him in his tent at 4:30am, dragged him out of it and killed him).

Keith Benner and I were attacked by a brown bear in Alaska as pepper spray allowed a face to face encounter, risking mauling and death after the bear knocked me to the ground with a side-arm swipe to my chest. A .454 Casull or .338 rifle (I've since learned) could have stopped the bear in its charge instead of leaving our fate up to the bear ('A Can of Spray, A lot of Luck'; Anchorage Daily News; 9/29/96).

The Inuits must be shaking their heads at us foolish Americans.
Chris Deile

Vancouver, WA

#6 Aug 1, 2013
Note this forum begins with post #2 as post #1 was removed after being posted yesterday. Re-posted the article today as post #4. Wonder if it will be removed again.
Chris Deile

Vancouver, WA

#7 Aug 1, 2013
Re-submitted to Portland newspaper a short version and then this slight revision of the longer (it allows 300 words this longer version should still be acceptable at 283):

To the Editor:

Regarding the Sierra Club hiker attacked while in his tent at 1:30am by a polar bear in Eastern Canada's Torngat Mountains when an electric fence failed to stop the bear: CBC News reported,"Parks Canada advises visitors of the park to hire an armed Inuit polar bear guard....Dyer's group did not hire a bear guard." ('Hiker Recovering in Montreal Hospital After Polar Bear Attack'; 7/27/2013)

Armed Inuit guards--an excellent idea by the way--were quite likely not hired because the Sierra Club seeks non-lethal means of protection in a bear attack, most notably by advocating pepper spray for bear attacks.

Although the electric fence and pepper spray are steps in the right direction in trying to co-exist peacefully with bears, they're not enough to stop a charging bear. Particularly in the wee hours when bears tend to attack people in tents (remember Japanese wildlife photographer Michio Hoshino experiencing a worse fate in Kamchatka, Russia when a bear attacked him in his tent at 4:30am, dragged him out of it and killed him).

Keith Benner and I were attacked by a brown bear in Alaska as pepper spray allowed a face to face encounter, risking mauling and death after the bear knocked me to the ground with a side-arm swipe to my chest. A .454 Casull or .338 rifle (I've since learned) could have stopped the bear in its charge instead of leaving our fate up to the bear ('A Can of Spray, A lot of Luck'; Anchorage Daily News; 9/29/96).

The Inuits must be shaking their heads.
Chris Deile

Vancouver, WA

#8 Aug 1, 2013
Guessing Mina was influenced by Miranda Martino--it's hard not to think of Mina singing "Deborah" when viewing this video:

Miranda MARTINO "Se tu ragazzo mio"

video by carlo--valentini
Chris Deile

Vancouver, WA

#9 Aug 1, 2013
Love "Deborah"--this is awesome:

Mina - Deborah (Live)

video by SignoraMusica
Chris Deile

Vancouver, WA

#10 Aug 1, 2013
lol!

Wilson Pickett's "Deborah" is fantastic (recall finding this San Remo Festival performance years ago on Youtube--he mixes in Italian):

Wilson PICKETT - "Deborah" Live

video by carlo--valentini
Chris Deile

Vancouver, WA

#11 Aug 1, 2013
A comment indicates Miranda's performance (above) was 1969--numerous videos of hers are from early 1960's, had assumed Miranda Martino preceded Mina but maybe they were around the same time. They're both excellent; Mina was ultra-famous and has a ton of views on her videos. But I tend to like Miranda, maybe becasue she was not quite as famous? At least that's the impression one gets from her Youtube videos--they don't have nearly as many views as Mina's. But Miranda has many very enjoyable videos.
Chris Deile

Vancouver, WA

#12 Aug 1, 2013
Had just found that video Miranda MARTINO "Se tu ragazzo mio" today...I think I passed it over weeks ago thinking it's kind of annoying. What a mistake! Once over the hump, you realize what a fantastic performance it is. Have viewed it about four times already--it's another great one.
Chris Deile

Vancouver, WA

#13 Aug 2, 2013
Forgot to re-post the article:

A man who was part of a hiking group touring a remote national park in northern Labrador is recovering in a Montreal hospital after a polar bear attacked him.

Matt Dyer, a prominent legal aid lawyer from Maine, was with seven other people as part of a Sierra Club hiking trip to Torngat Mountains National Park when he was attacked by the bear.
torngat mountains, nl
Peter Deering, with Parks Canada, said the bear managed to pass a portable electrical fence and drag Dyer from his tent at around 1:30 a.m. AT.

Dyer was mauled by the bear, but was dropped after the other group members fired flares to scare the bear off.

Jeanne Wells, Dyer's wife, said in a statement that she's grateful for the help he's received.

"My husband is in critical but stable condition, he is a strong man and he is making improvements every day," she said. "My husband has received incredible care in Canada and at the Montreal General Hospital; I believe that's why he is still alive."

No one else in the group was injured.

Parks Canada advises visitors of the park to hire an armed Inuit polar bear guard through the Nunatsiavut base camp set up in the park during their visit, but it is not required. Dyer's group did not hire a bear guard.

Deering said this is an issue Parks Canada is currently looking at.

CBC News
Chris Deile

Vancouver, WA

#14 Aug 2, 2013
That video is awesome!! I keep viewing the Miranda MARTINO "Se tu ragazzo mio" (video by carlo--valentini) and it gets betetr and better with each viewing. You can see Miranda Martino really getting into it at the end shaking her butt. These videos crack me up. I don't know Italian or French, so don't know what they mean, but sure are fun.

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