Denali National Park rangers have found and identified the remains of a lone backpacker that was mauled by a grizzly bear. This is the first fatal bear attack in the history of the park, and first fatal bear attack in Alaska since 2005. All backpackers who are issued a backcountry permit in Denali must undergo mandatory bear encounter training, and carry a bear-resistant food canister. Richard White, a 49-year-old San Diego, California, resident, had undergone the mandatory training, yet photographs found on his camera showed he came to within 50 yards of a large grizzly and remained there for at least eight minutes before the bear attacked. The training explicitly states to keep at least a quarter-mile from bears, and to leave an area where bears are seen as soon as possible.
Learn what to do when encountering a bear–watch this video.