located here, a photographer was hiking in the Denali National Park in Alaska and had a fatal encounter with a grizzly bear.
Richard White, a resident from California, was on a photo safari in Alaska. It was a personal trip and he was not with any other groups or hikers. He apparently spotted a Grizzly bear not far from the trail. Instead of retreating to a safe distance, he chose to get closer. Park rules and guidelines state to keep a minimum distance of 1/4 mile away from bears whenever possible. Richard chose to ignore those rules. It was a disastrous decision.
We know he chose to violate the guidelines because the pictures that he captured told the story. Richard kept getting closer and closer taking pictures.
Hikers discovered torn bloody clothing on the trail later. They hiked back and reported what they found. A rescue team of park rangers then went looking for someone in trouble. They spotted the Grizzly from a helicopter, sitting on top of the remains in what they term a "food cache".
They shot the bear, and then went through the stomach contents, the recovered photos, and other tests to piece together the tragic events of what happened. This marks the first known fatal bear attack in the park's history.