A Review of Fatal Bear Maulings in Alberta, Canada

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Abstract

Occasionally, encounters with a grizzly or a black bear have proved fatal. We describe the characteristics of fatal bear maulings and the circumstances that provoked them. The actions of wild bears are compared with those of bears that have become comfortable around people (wild/“habituated” bears). A description of eight deaths that occurred in the province of Alberta, Canada, between 1973 and 1988 will underscore the above.

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