A nephew of the coupleThey revealed the last message sent from their satellite devices.
Doug Inglis and Jenny Goss, both 62 and from Alberta, Canada, were hiking in Banff National Park. The couple checked in regularly with Inglis’ nephew, Colin Inglis, According to what was reported by the Canadian CBC channel. Inglis told the broadcaster that the couple had checked in earlier on September 29 to tell him they were setting up camp, but later in the evening, a more troubling message came from their GPS device.
“The message said: ‘Bear attack is bad,'” Inglis told CBC. “That night was obviously the beginning of what continues to be a grieving process. You have this notification, you know something bad is happening. You don’t have a lot of information.”
Parks Canada Dispatch in the national park received an alert of a bear attack in the park’s Red Deer River Valley at about 8 p.m. that day, park officials said in a news release. Officials arrived at the site around 1 a.m. and found the couple dead..
Inglis said he and other family members believe the couple were using e-reading devices inside the tent, as was their custom, when the attack occurred. CBC reported that two electronic reading devices were found inside the destroyed tent.
Inglis also told CBC there were signs the couple tried to scare the bear, including an empty can of bear spray.
He told the radio: “There was a conflict and the conflict did not remain in one place.”
The couple’s dog was also killed in the attack, CBC reported.
Park officials said they euthanized the grizzly bear responsible for the attack. Officials said the bear “displayed aggressive behavior.” Reuters Few grizzly bear attacks are fatal, she said, but such encounters between bears and humans are increasing as more people engage in outdoor activities.
The couple properly stored their food at the campsite, and the area was open to the public, with no bear warnings. Inglis said the couple were in the “wrong place at the wrong time.”
The couple’s killing marks the second fatal attack carried out by a grizzly bear in North America this year. In July, a grizzly bear. The bear was later killed after breaking into a home near West Yellowstone in August.
Earlier in September, there was a hunter in MontanaBy grizzly bear.
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