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 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.


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.



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 »
Snowstorm Could Impact Primary Turnout
2 days ago

A snowstorm is supposed to hit New Hampshire today and “linger into Primary Tuesday.” GOP consultant Ron Kaufman said lower turnout should help candidates who have spent a lot of time in the state tending to retail politicking. Donald Trump “has acknowledged that he needs to step up his ground-game, and a heavy snowfall could depress his figures relative to more organized candidates.”

A Shake-Up in the Offing in the Clinton Camp?
2 days ago

Anticipating a primary loss in New Hampshire on Tuesday, Hillary and Bill Clinton “are considering staffing and strategy changes” to their campaign. Sources tell Politico that the Clintons are likely to layer over top officials with experienced talent, rather than fire their staff en masse.

Trump Is Still Ahead, but Who’s in Second?
2 days ago

We may not be talking about New Hampshire primary polls for another three-and-a-half years, so here goes:

  • American Research Group’s tracking poll has Donald Trump in the lead with 30% support, followed by Marco Rubio and John Kasich tying for second place at 16%. On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders leads Hillary Clinton 53%-41%.
  • The 7 News/UMass Lowell tracking poll has Trump way out front with 34%, followed by Rubio and Ted Cruz with 13% apiece. Among the Democrats, Sanders is in front 56%-40%.
  • A Gravis poll puts Trump ahead with 28%, followed by Kasich with 17% and Rubio with 15%.
CNN Calls the Primary for Sanders and Trump
1 days ago

Well that didn’t take long. CNN has already declared Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump the winners of the New Hampshire primary, leaving the rest of the candidates to fight for the scraps. Five minutes later, the Associated Press echoed CNN’s call.