Bear enthusiast, companion fatally mauled in Katmai National Park

A self-taught bear expert who once called Alaska’s brown bears harmless party animals was one of two people fatally mauled in a bear attack in Katmai National Park and Preserve – the first known bear killings in the 4.7-million-acre park. —Rachel D’OroBear enthusiast, companion fatally mauled in Katmai National Park (Ancorage Daily News)

Just in case you were wondering, this bear expert isn’t the same bear expert I blogged about a few months ago. It’s still a sad story, and becomes more newsworthy than usual, in light of the tiger mauling of Roy Horn.