ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The grizzly bear stares at the camera with a look that appears ominous in the last photograph snapped by Richard White just before the animal mauled him to death in Alaska’s Denali National Park.
The photo is among 26 taken of the male bear by the 49-year-old San Diego backpacker Friday afternoon. National Park Service investigators are scrutinizing the images, hoping to gain a better understanding of the attack.
The death is the first known fatal bear mauling in the park’s nearly century-long history.
Chief Park Ranger Pete Webster says most of the photographs show the bear grazing. The last five photos begin with the bear lifting its head, then looking toward the camera, then moving a couple yards closer.
A state trooper fatally shot the bear Saturday.
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