Man Vs Wild

The Most ‘Alaska’ Headlines of the Year

“Rescued snowmachiner says she didn’t hallucinate wolves” and other run-ins between humans and animals above the 49th parallel.

National Journal
Brian Resnick and Matt Berman
See more stories about...
Brian Resnick Matt Berman
Dec. 17, 2013, 8:13 a.m.

Move over, “Flor­ida Man,” the year’s best head­lines — and by best, we mean those seem­ingly writ­ten by Mad Libs — be­long to the an­im­als of Alaska, and their of­ten ill-fated in­ter­ac­tions with hu­mans.

En­joy.

Man mauled after feed­ing bear some BBQ had been drink­ing, troop­ers say 

The man threw a piece of meat at the bear, which ate it, she said. Then he offered an­oth­er piece, she said.

“That’s when it kind of went bal­list­ic.”

Bear, hunter charge each oth­er; bear backs down 

“As soon as I saw it, I thought ‘small bear.’ ” Af­ter­wards, he said, he re­called ter­rible maul­ings and fatal at­tacks in Alaska by black bears a little more than 100 pounds. “Have you ever tried to fight with a 5-pound house cat? They’ve got claws and teeth and they can hurt you, too.”

… [Be­ing Alaska, the story then segues in­to a run-in with a moose.]

Mar­shall said she spoke to the an­im­al — “I said, ‘Go away, go away,’ ” — but in­stead it kicked her with a fore­leg, hit­ting her hard on the right thigh. A second blow by the moose hit her in the left hip. That’s when she de­cided to keep quiet.

‘I got com­pla­cent,’ sur­viv­or of bear maul­ing says 

[A lot of bear maul­ings hap­pen in Alaska.]

Jim Tuttle knew the bear that mauled him.

Its nick­name was Buddy. Tuttle and the hunters he guided of­ten spot­ted the small fe­male grizzly in the rolling tun­dra north­w­est of Ana­ktuvuk Pass.

 

Man tick­eted for feed­ing bear that at­tacked him

The man who was mauled by a black bear after toss­ing bar­be­cue meat at the an­im­al Sat­urday has been tick­eted for il­leg­ally feed­ing game, Alaska State Troop­ers say.

Warn­ing: Bears aren’t hi­bern­at­ing yet

A re­mind­er: An­chor­age bears aren’t hi­bern­at­ing yet.

Lazy Moun­tain tur­key killing raises tres­pass ques­tions

He still misses Buddy, one of four tur­keys he in­cub­ated at home four years ago after re­ceiv­ing a ship­ment of eggs from his home state of Neb­raska. The tur­key used to rub up against Vin­duska like a cat or a dog. He’d also get bored and chase cars. 

“He would run out and bite at their tires,” Vin­duska said. “You’d see these people go, ‘What the heck?’ A tur­key is bit­ing at their tires. He’d be so proud when they drove off like he ran them off.”

Wolf chases cyc­list on Alaska High­way des­pite blast of bear spray 

One of three men on a char­ity bike ride from Idaho to Alaska shif­ted in­to high gear on the Alaska High­way in the Yukon when a wolf star­ted pur­su­ing him. Mac Hol­lan man­aged to fire a blast of pep­per spray in­to the wolf’s face, but the pur­suit con­tin­ued.

Hunter car­ries orphaned po­lar bear cub home on snow­ma­chine 

“We were out (look­ing) for cari­bou or any­thing. Wol­ver­ine. Whatever we could find, and we run in­to that bear,” said [James] Tazruk…

Res­cued snow­ma­chiner says she didn’t hal­lu­cin­ate wolves 

Kev­in Mayo says res­cuers may have trampled any wolf tracks and her vivid de­scrip­tion makes him be­lieve his moth­er saw the pred­at­ors. But mostly, he’s happy his moth­er was found alive.

His fath­er, Scott Mayo, was found safe a few hours later.

Search­ers find horse miss­ing for week in Chugach 

Thirsty and miss­ing three shoes, a horse that went miss­ing for a week in the Chugach Moun­tains has been res­cued, ac­cord­ing to its own­ers.

At about 5 p.m. Sat­urday, Christene Grav­ley said her hus­band B.J. and a friend, Rose Brig­mon, had emerged from the Chugach with Windy, the an­im­al that es­caped from a sheep hunt­ing camp last week­end.

 

Alaska town’s cat may­or at­tacked by dog 

The politi-cat sur­vived the brawl with an es­tim­ated 5-inch gash along his side, a punc­tured lung and a frac­tured sternum, CNN re­ports. Stubbs is re­portedly now breath­ing on his own after re­ly­ing on a chest tube since the at­tack over the Labor Day week­end. He has been re­ceiv­ing care at the Big Lake-Sus­it­na Veter­in­ary Hos­pit­al.

 

BO­NUS CA­NA­DIAN HEAD­LINE

Man swal­lows hu­man toe in fam­ous Klondike ‘Sour­toe’ cock­tail 

An uniden­ti­fied Amer­ic­an vis­it­ing Dawson, Yukon, de­lib­er­ately swal­lowed a hu­man toe that’s the draw — and the dare — in the Down­town Hotel’s fam­ous “Sour­toe Cock­tail” ritu­al. Drink­ers are sup­posed to let the toe touch their lips, but the man non­chal­antly swal­lowed the toe along with the cock­tail in one gulp and dropped $500 on the table to pay the “fine” for tak­ing the toe.

What We're Following See More »
‘PRESUMPTIVE NOMINEE’
Priebus Asks Party to Unite Behind Trump
1 hours ago
THE LATEST
FEELING THE MIDWESTERN BERN
Sanders Upsets Clinton in Indiana
2 hours ago
THE LATEST

Despite trailing Hillary Clinton by a significant margin, Bernie Sanders wasn't going the way of Ted Cruz tonight. The Vermont senator upset Clinton in Indiana, with MSNBC calling the race at 9pm. Sanders appears poised to win by a five- or six-point spread.

Source:
TRUMP IS PRESUMPTIVE NOMINEE
Ted Cruz Bows Out, Effectively Ceding the Contest to Trump
3 hours ago
THE LATEST

And just like that, it's over. Ted Cruz will suspend his presidential campaign after losing badly to Donald Trump in Indiana tonight. "While Cruz had always hedged when asked whether he would quit if he lost Indiana; his campaign had laid a huge bet on the state." John Kasich's campaign has pledged to carry on. “From the beginning, I’ve said that I would continue on as long as there was a viable path to victory,” said Cruz. “Tonight, I’m sorry to say it appears that path has been foreclosed."

Source:
TAKES AT LEAST 45 DELEGATES
Trump Wins Indiana, All but Seals the Nomination
3 hours ago
THE LATEST

The Republican establishment's last remaining hope—a contested convention this summer—may have just ended in Indiana, as Donald Trump won a decisive victory over Ted Cruz. Nothing Cruz seemed to have in his corner seemed to help—not a presumptive VP pick in Carly Fiorina, not a midwestern state where he's done well in the past, and not the state's legions of conservatives. Though Trump "won't secure the 1,237 delegates he needs to formally claim the nomination until June, his Indiana triumph makes it almost impossible to stop him. Following his decisive wins in New York and other East Coast states, the Indiana victory could put Trump within 200 delegates of the magic number he needs to clinch the nomination." Cruz, meanwhile, "now faces the agonizing choice of whether to remain in the race, with his attempt to force the party into a contested convention in tatters, or to bow out and cede the party nomination to his political nemesis." The Associated Press, which called the race at 7pm, predicts Trump will win at least 45 delegates.

Source:
LOTS OF STRINGERS
Inside the AP’s Election Operation
8 hours ago
WHY WE CARE
×