Cumberland Times-News


August 31, 2013

Black Bears Kill

Nine of the victims were younger than 10


Aug. 12, 1958: Barbara Coates, 7, was picking berries near her family’s cottage near Jasper National Park, Alberta, when a bear appeared. She ran to the cottage, but the bear caught and killed her.

Sept. 6, 1959: Lyndom Hooper, 51, was fishing alone near Cadomin, Alberta. His mutilated body was found in a stream. Three days later, a forest ranger shot a bear a half-mile away. A necropsy revealed human hair in the bear’s stomach.

Aug. 16, 1963: William Strandberg, 51, was killed by a bear 160 miles west of Fairbanks, Alaska.

Sept. 17, 1964: Sidney Smith, 26, a technician on a radar line, was killed by a bear near Schefferville, Quebec. There was evidence that Smith attempted to defend himself by using a hunting knife.

Aug. 8, 1967: Susan Duckitt, 11, and a friend were picnicking by Okanagan Lake in British Columbia and encountered a bear standing on its hind feet. The girls ran, but Duckitt was caught. The bear was tracked and killed.

Oct. 1, 1968: Jack Ottertail, 53, was killed while on a walk near Atikokan, Ontario. A bear found near the body was shot and killed.

July 25, 1971: John Richardson, 31, was camping near Rocky Mountain National Park when a bear killed him. Later the bear was killed. This was the first fatal black bear attack in Colorado.

May 16, 1974: Victoria Valdez, 4, was playing 200 yards from her home at Glenwood, Wash., when she was fatally mauled.

July 1, 1977: Alison Muser, 5, was playing with her sister in Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, when attacked. She died on the way to a Calgary hospital. The bear was killed.

May 13, 1978: Three boys, George Halfkenny, 16, Mark Halfkenny, 12, and Billy Rhindress, 15, were stalked and killed while fishing near Radiant Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario.

Aug. 14, 1980: Lee Randal Morris, 44, and Carol Marshall, 24, died near Zama City, Alberta. They were killed by the same bear in separate attacks two hours apart as they worked at an oil drilling camp.

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