U.S.|Three Men Are Charged With Approaching Bears successful Alaska
The men could look up to six months successful situation aft entering a restricted country of Katmai National Park and Preserve successful 2018.
Sept. 27, 2021Updated 10:11 a.m. ET
Three men are facing national charges aft entering a restricted country of a nationalist parkland successful southwest Alaska successful 2018 and approaching a radical of chaotic brownish bears portion they were feeding, prosecutors said.
The men — David J. Engelman, 56, of Sandia Park, N.M., and Ronald J. Engelman II, 54, and Steven R. Thomas, 30, some of King Salmon, Alaska — were each charged with entering a closed country astatine Katmai National Park and Preserve, disorderly behaviour that created hazardous conditions, and approaching wrong 50 yards of a ample mammal astatine the nationalist park, the U.S. attorney’s bureau for the District of Alaska said successful a statement connected Thursday.
The men near an authorized viewing level astatine the park’s Brooks Falls connected Aug. 9, 2018, and waded into the stream wherever bears were feeding, according to tribunal documents.
“The 3 men created a hazardous information arsenic brownish bears were feeding connected the falls and successful the Brooks River conscionable beneath the falls,” the U.S. attorney’s bureau said, adding that the men “came wrong 50 yards of the brownish bears.”
It was not instantly wide if the men had lawyers, and the men did not instantly respond to requests for remark connected Monday. The U.S. attorney’s bureau successful Anchorage besides did not instantly respond for comment.
The U.S. attorney’s bureau said the National Park Service was investigating the case. If convicted, the men could each look up to a maximum of six months successful prison, a $5,000 good and a twelvemonth of probation, prosecutors said.
Elevated viewing platforms astatine the parkland are the lone outdoor areas wherever bears tin beryllium safely observed astatine adjacent distances, according to the park, which encompasses astir 4.1 cardinal acres and is astir 290 miles southwest of Anchorage.
The parkland advises that visitors stay astatine slightest 50 yards from immoderate carnivore astatine each times.
“Approaching immoderate ample mammal wrong 50 yards and remaining wrong 50 yards of a carnivore utilizing a concentrated nutrient source, similar spawning salmon, is prohibited,” according to the park.
The Brooks River is simply a fashionable country for the park’s 2,200 brownish bears, which feast connected the affluent concentrations of salmon that walk done the country each year.
From precocious June to mid-October, arsenic the food aquatics upstream to spawn, dozens of bears stitchery to devour on the river, a 1.5-mile waterway that winds betwixt 2 lakes. Brown bears can summation up to 4 pounds of value a day. As their hibernation begins, the largest big males tin measurement much than 1,200 pounds.
To amusement the bears’ drastic value summation earlier hibernation, parkland officials diagnostic them successful the annual Fat Bear Week, an online contention successful which radical ballot connected their favourite plump carnivore from 12 contestants. The contention begins connected Wednesday and runs done Oct. 5.