November 1, 2019 at 8:05 pm #858931
” I believe all God’s creatures have a soul — except bears, Bears are actually Satan’s children. ”
—Stephen Colbert, on The Colbert ReportMainstream Media (MSM) provides the the public with a never-ending flow of media-fakery where violence is heavily featured.
Authors of media-hoaxes mostly have a very defined agenda they seek to deploy, and when motivation for fake news-stories is missing it might be that we as researchers have missed parts and pieces of the larger puzzle.
In the case of bear-attacks on humans many will consider such occurrences normal from what we (public) are taught about nature, where wild animals on rare occasions will attack unfortunate humans – wrong place at the wrong time.
The occurrence of bears and bear attacks on humans goes a long way back, and beyond some point in time historians take over and dictate a narrative that is very hard to verify – and believe in my case.
Among all other bears, there is one bear that especially stands out when it comes to gruesome human encounters with wild animals: the Grizzly bear.
From a layman’s perspective, a bear that has a name that even in Latin speaks of fear – Ursus Arctos Horribilis – it seems far-fetched that this creature gained its name for its grizzled fur, still this is what the dictionary will contend as to counter a gut-feeling of a scripted, horrible scenario for such an animal.
The Grizzly bear is a rather recent discovery as it is an animal that only is found in North America which makes the historical records less abundant than other types of bears who normally comes in all sizes and behavior – the grizzly only comes in oversized and dangerous.
From recent research on bears in general as a subject, the media coverage of Grizzly bear attacks stands out. Not only are Grizzly bear attacks the most reported type of incident, they are equally the most violent, deadly and – unbelievable.
It does appear strange to have to look so hard to find a believable account of a verifiable, natural instance of a Grizzly bear attack. Still, i’ve not come across anything else than media-fakery so far.
Anyone know of a verifiable, confirmed real instance of Grizzly bear attack on a human ?
Without dedicated research, it is hard to know whether we actually can find examples of truthful, verifiable accounts of Grizzly bear attacks on humans. From the outset i took such unfortunate encounters between Grizzly bears and man as a fact of nature. Looking closer at the media-coverage however, it is clear at least part of this man/bear violence is merely fiction.
bear-spray inventor and bear behaviour specialist Mark Matheny faking a Grizzly bear attack with quite poor teatrical effects in 1992 – he built (imo) an industry on a groce lieNovember 2, 2019 at 5:56 am #858944
Year : 2019 (July 29)
Attack : Grizly bear (male, 350 pound, euthanized)
Victim : Colin Dowler (54)
Location : Powell River, British Columbia, Canada
Injuries : Abdomen openeden, Leg bit to the bone
Grizzly bear attack survivor describes what happened
CBC News – 1 Aug 2019 – 59K views
What makes Colin Dowler’s story hard to believe is the typical fake hero victim story where he not only gets bitten close to death, but fights off the animal with… a pocket knife !
“He credits the pocketknife his dad gave him for helping to fend off the ravenous creature”
– The Sun
The overstaged hospital scenes with excessive tubing does not help either, the wounds do look very much like injury makeup. Despite the serious injuries, Dowler supposedly got back up on his bike to ride 7km to a logging camp where a helicopter and blood transfusion saved his life.
Pocket knife saves Canadian man during grizzly bear attack
Langley Advance Times
UPDATE: ‘Predatory’ grizzly euthanized after B.C. man survives attack
Dispatches: The Wrong Way to Fight Off a Bear
Colin Dowler in hospital bed recovering
Colin Dowler crimescene
Colin Dowler Grizzly bite wounds on leg
Colin Dowler Grizzly bite wounds on pocket-knife hand
The knife that helped Colin Dowler fight off the big Grizzly bear
–November 2, 2019 at 9:23 am #858946
A very recent grizzly attack in the wilds of Canada by the Mackenzie River, featuring a French musician…
Story recounted by his “partner”:
She told French newspaper Le Parisien the animal surprised Gauthier in his sleep, grabbed him by the neck and shoulders and dragged him into the forest in the middle of the night.
Authorities received a distress signal from Ms Toscani after she managed to locate another group of hikers, the newspaper reported, and Gauthier’s body was recovered the following day.
Mackenzie, interestingly was the name of the first rescued Balkan bear in the Dutch refuge
This alleged incident brought to mind another unbelievable story relating to a boy [incredible character, incredibly funny, naturally] from a top school in the UK who was allegedly eaten on Svalbard by a polar bear.
blockquote>In the report in which the names of the people have been redacted and replaced with coded letters, Sir David says: “The bear appears to have initially made its way to the tent containing E7, E3 and Horatio….‘It would appear likely that the bear must have ripped open the tent on Horatio’s side. It then dragged Horatio out causing serious, indeed probably mortal wounds to his head. ‘The screaming and shouts of ‘bear’ woke the rest of the camp. E4 opened his tent. He could see that the remains of the tent had collapsed on E3 and E7. ‘L2 emerged from the Leaders’ tent at about the same time though not yet armed with a rifle. Horatio appeared to try and sit up or even attempt to stand whereupon the bear reared up and slammed/ into him. He fell to the ground. He was not seen to move again…..
“L2 was too badly injured to speak. Whenever he or L1 moved, the bear came back to them having from time to time been back to the prone body of Horatio.….
A nicely detailed, racy narrative, three years in the gestation.November 2, 2019 at 1:00 pm #858954
Year : 2019 (Sept 16)
Attack : Grizly bear (unknown)
Victim : Donivan ‘Donno’ Campbell
Location : Gravelly Range, Montana, USA
Injuries : serious leg wounds (6 lacerations to his thigh)
Grizzly bear attack
KIRO 7 News – 24 Sep 2019 – 18 K views (full video here)
In this Grizzly bear attack from September this year, we have multiple victims – some unnamed* – and we only have details about the most severe injuries on Donivan Campbell.
The news coverage is rather scarce, and unreassuringly most feature in hunting magazines and outlets where the Grizzly attack account comes across as an infomercial – reminiscent of the automobile accidents covered in the “More Carrion” thread.
Concurrent with the Colin Dowler case above, the injuries look poor forensically and seems very likely staged with special effects.
Also noticeable in this case is the fact the victim is a wildlife biologist, and that the news and following Grizzly bear-warnings were handled by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks state officials in charge of the park.
As this Grizzly bear attack was rather low-key in its media exploitation, what more natural than a GoFundMe campaign?
” Campbell and Gregersen are experienced hunters and outdoorsmen. As wildlife biologists, they are trained to notice certain indicators of wildlife. Their knowledge and preparedness to recreate in bear country contributed to their survival, but not nearly as much as hunting with a partner did. ”
– The Madisonian
Donivan Campbell with fellow wildlife biologist and elk hunting partner Chris Gregersen as he recovers in the hospital in Butte
Donivan Campbell with Grizzly bite wound in his thigh
Grizzly injury safely stiched up – looks very fake & made with prosthetics
Donivan ‘Donno’ Campbell’s GoFundMe campaign (link here)
Three hunters injured in two grizzly bear attacks in Montana
Grizzlies in the Gravellys – Two bear attacks in the same area, on the same day
Grizzly bear attack survivor recounts harrowing ordeal
Pistols & Bear Spray Stop Two Bear Attacks on Archery Hunters in Montana
Montana Gov. Official State Website
3 hunters survive Gravelly Mountains grizzly attacks
*hereunder, one of two unnamed hunters attacked the same day (16 Sep 2019) as Donivan Campbell – the photo supposedly was taken by Terri James from Shedhorn Sports where the injured hunters went to purchase new clothes – seemingly the injured hunters did not care to clean excess blood or wounds while shopping for clothes
November 2, 2019 at 3:10 pm #858955
Sure enough, there’s a Grizzly attack on a couple of UK citizen back in late 2015, which was covered by Ma href=”https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/dec/01/british-climbers-escape-grizzly-bear-attack-in-canadian-rockies”>The Guardian
[24 year old professional] Mountaineer Greg Boswell prises apart bear’s jaws to flee animal that had clamped its teeth round his foot before torchlit descent off mountain [that included abseiling down sheer cliffs, they drove two hours to hospital in Banff where Boswell, who was bleeding badly, was treated for five large puncture wounds]
The narrative emerged, sure enough, through Facebook, but also through the blog of one of the pair.
Also, a nice advert for the forthcoming [Jan 2016] film The Revenant in which Leonardo DiCapro “is stood [in former correct English = standing] in a pine forest, his rifle focused on a distant target. From nowhere, a mammoth grizzly bear storms into shot, sinking its teeth into his leg and shaking him like a rag doll.”
[another more extensive account of the attack…]
Note also a perceived critical quote from JLS in a subsequent blog which seems to trigger Bullock who infers that the commenter doesn’t quite believe the story. No answer also to this point…
Mark Walters says:
1 December, 2015 at 9:00 pm
What the heck was a grizzly doing out this late in the season??? Glad you guys made it out alright!
Injuries from the blog…as faithfully copied in the Guardian
and the expected, smiling bed image…
November 2, 2019 at 7:21 pm #858960
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What the heck was a grizzly doing out this late in the season??? […]
The inconsitency of bear-behaviour is rather incomprehensible, and when it comes to bear behavioral patterns, the experts are more often than not bear-trainers whose animals in many occasions are suspect of being faked – like Tima the circus bear who kicked off a Russian football game in spring 2018.
From what we know of Grizzly bears thanks to wildlife biologists (i.e. Donivan Campbell above) and bear behavioral specialists (i.e. Mark Matheny above), bears are in deep sleep during winter and don’t even defecate or urinate for 5-7 months.
So to run into Grizly bear during winter should be rather hard. It would be equally hard to observe a bear coming out of the forest in the dark, which is what Nick Bullock confirms on his blog:
“And to reiterate, it was pitch black, the bear was in full flow and metres away…”
Nick Bullock (Greg Boswell partner) on his blog
” Greg Boswell, one of Scotland’s leading winter climbers, has survived an attack by a grizzly bear in the Canadian Rockies. Boswell was climbing together with English partner Nick Bullock and the two were negotiating the difficult approach to Dirty Love, an unrepeated 500m M7 alpine outing put up by Jon Walsh, Audrey Gariepy and Raphael Slawinski in 2008 on Mt Wilson, when a bear appeared out of the forest. ”
Planet Mountain article, 1st Dec 2015
To be able to make sense of such contrasting information and accounts is very difficult, and it makes the story as a whole more than hard to believe, and rather very probably untrue.
What equally comes across as very amateurish, is how all newsreports and direct information about the accident comes from the victims blog and facebook pages. If anyone get serious injuries, they clearly would not take care of themselves but rather be left in professionnal care in a hospital where a proper police or national park incident report would be made.
In the lack of any confirmation about injuries and/or recorded official testimony, it is quite outlandish that Banff National Park would close off a large part of the park from merely reports of a facebook and blog post. Yet, a large part of Mount Wilson was indeed closed – in less than 48h…
” A closure is in place on Mount Wilson after two climbers were attacked by a grizzly bear. PARKS CANADA “
The effect of this suspect occurence of a grim Grizzly attack during hibernation would not only concern those who follow the newscoverage of the event (and Cinema Revenant news), but more importantly impact anyone who in the following months would go hiking in Canadian National parks (Mount Wilson was to be closed unntill summer).
News stories around even minor, happy-ending events such as Greg Boswell close-encounter with a hibernating Grizzly bear does involve a whole ecosystem of complicit parties for such a possible staged event to unfold as in this case.
Climbers attacked by bear in the Rockies
CTV News – 2 Dec 2015 – 1K vievsNovember 8, 2019 at 5:59 am #858987
Researching Grizzly bear on human violence normally would limit the scope of study (geographically, historically and quantitatively) as bears are plentiful Worldwide and has a long history of human interaction.
The fact Grizzlies are limited to North America makes this big and ferocious bear pertinent to study in particular. The most prominent specialist researcher in the field of North American bears is Stephen Herrero, whose in-depth 1976 study is the most cited reference in regards to human-bear violence.
Conflicts between Man and Grizzly Bears in the National Parks of North America
January 1976 – DOI: 10.2307/3872761
Violence in regards to bear-mauling is split into three categories (Polar Bear, Brown bear, Black bear) as there are only three species of bears currently present in North America. The Grizzly is a Brown bear just like the Kodiak bear and these are local variations (some contend sub-species) of the Brown bear.
The apparently detailed research on Brown bear violence on humans in N. America is on inspection rather shallow and the figures for bear-on-human violence both hard to read and verify – especially early cases of manslaughter.
Fortunately there is a quite detailed Wikipedia page that contains a list of deaths incurred from bear-on-human violence going all the way back to 1784, at which point the presumed cases reads more like a novel than actual information.
“The child was sent to a pasture with a horse, and was attacked by a three-year-old bear. Leach, on arrival finding the bear holding his son by the throat, struck the bear with a stake. The bear withdrew, dragging the boy with him. A search was mounted the next day, and the corpse of the boy was discovered, partially devoured. The bear rose from behind a nearby log, and was killed by three gunshots.”
victim: Son of Mr. Leach, 8, male
List of fatal bear attacks in North America
Most of bear violence on humans is not lethal, so the Wikipedia list of human loss to bears does not cover any other type of violence than fatalities. However, there is a group of fatalities from bears in captive state (Zoo, Circus etc.) in the above Wikipedia entry that does not feature in scientific studies, and that still represent Grizzly bear on human violence.
The Grizzly / Brown bear attacks on human while in captivity is not geographically delimited as are wild Grizzly violence, still i would consider all Grizzly mauling as relevant and regardless of location in the case of Grizzly bears in captivity.
–November 8, 2019 at 9:43 am #858988
Most of bear violence on humans is not lethal, so the Wikipedia list of human loss to bears does not cover any other type of violence than fatalities.
But sometimes “nobody died” grizzly attacks can produce some good copy. The Revenant is based upon a book which is very loosely based upon an alleged 1823 attack, whose victim had already spawned a previous film
This “attack” has legs [four] and will continued to run beyond its 200th anniversary.
November 8, 2019 at 10:53 am #858990
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But sometimes “nobody died” grizzly attacks can produce some good copy
Indeed, many survival stories are clearly very violent and overly graphic such as the example of Hugh Glass, even moreso than lethal attacks where we see little of the evidence presented in writing.
When investigating the veracity of Grizzly bear attacks, we will be quite dependent of press-material and especially imagery from the crime-scene and injuries, which there is not much of when men are killed – unless of course the victim brought a camera*.
From looking into bears and here Grizzly bears, it is nevertheless clear that many of the reported incidents and fatalities that are included in National Safety reports and figures are falsified.
Statistics do go a far way back, but diligent research on contemporary cases might help establish whether there is such a thing as a verifiable Grizzly bear incident or not (say in the 21st century) – and if not all prior cases would equally be impossible to sustain as veridic.
” Despite the story’s popularity, its accuracy has been disputed. It was first recorded in 1825 in The Port Folio, a Philadelphia literary journal, as a literary piece and later picked up by various newspapers. Although originally published anonymously, it was later revealed to be the work of James Hall, brother of The Port Folio’s editor. There is no writing from Hugh Glass himself to corroborate the veracity of it. ”
Hugh Glass Wikipedia page
The advantage of having the Wikipedia “death-list” is of course that we have the names of the victims and that there is no discrepancy as far as i’ve established between the official number of victims and the victims that feature on the Wiki list.
Hereunder the 30 victims so far (2000-2019) accounted for as Grizzly bear (Brown bear) attacks:
2019 (Aug 15) – Julien Gauthier, 44, male
2018 (Nov 26) – Adele Roesholt, 10 months, female
2018 (Nov 26) – Valérie Théorêt, 37, female
2018 (Oct 01) – Anthony David Montoya, 18, male
2018 (Sep 14) – Mark Uptain, 37, male
2018 (Jun 19) – Mike Soltis, 44, male
2016 (Jun 29) – Brad Treat, 38, male
2015 (Aug 07) – Lance Crosby, 63, male
2014 (Oct 14) – Claudia Huber, 42, female
2014 (Sep 17) – Ken Novotny, 53, male
2014 (Sep 07) – Rick Cross, 54, male
2014 (Sep 04) – Adam Thomas Stewart, 31, male
2012 (Aug 24) – Richard White, 49, male
2012 (Jan 10) – Tomas Puerta, 54, male
2011 (Aug 24) – John Wallace, 59, male
2011 (Jul 06) – Brian Matayoshi, 57, male
2010 (Jul 28) – Kevin Kammer, 48, male
2010 (Jun 17) – Erwin Frank Evert, 70, male
2008 (Oct 01) – Robert Wagner, 48, male
2008 (Apr 22) – Stephan Miller, 39, male
2007 (Nov 25) – Don Peters, 51, male
2006 (Apr 28) – Jean-François Pagé, 28, male
2005 (Sep 20) – Arthur Louie, 60, male
2005 (Jun 23) – Rich Huffman, 61, male
2005 (Jun 23) – Kathy Huffman, 58, female
2005 (Jun 05) – Isabelle Dubé, 35, female
2003 (Oct 05) – Timothy Treadwell, 46, male
2003 (Oct 05) – Amie Huguenard, 37, female
2001 (Oct 30) – Timothy Hilston, 50, male
2000 (Jul 14) – George Tullos, 41, male
Some of the victims succumbed during the same incident as in the case of Adele Roesholt and her infant daughter (Valérie Théorêt), or Timothy Treadwell the Grizzly man & Amie Huguenard.
Each of the above incident are well worth revisiting, and i do believe that the “Grizzly Man” media hoax (or not according to Tokarski) was covered on the Piece Of Mind blog previously (here) where we learnt Gaia’s father ran/runs a bear foundation for abandoned Balkan bears in Holland – now re-baptized to “Bear In Mind“.
*a grizzly bear victim (Richard White) who did bring the camera:
Hiker Photographs Grizzly Bear Just Before Deadly Attack
ABC News – 28 Aug 2012 – 752K views
November 8, 2019 at 2:39 pm #858991
In the above list of Grizzly bear victims, there is only one case of a death due to a captive Grizzly bear – Stephan Miller (2008, April 22nd).
Captive bears were much more prominent attacking humans earlier, as over two decades so far in 21st century, there is just one victim (2000-2019). Most attacks from Grizzly bears in captive state actually happened in a very short period of time – all in the USA from 1930-1945 (12 victims).
Hereunder all victims of Captive Grizzlies from 1900 till today:
2008, Apr 04 – Stephan Miller, 39, male
1969, Mar 03 – Russell Ringer, 49, male
1956, Oct 10 – Paul Lemery, 28, male
1945, Sep 09 – Richard Strand, 8, male
1942, Dec 12 – Richard Havemann, 68, male
1941, Jun 06 – Thomas Miller, 28, male
1936, Oct 10 – George Langley, 55, male
1936, Oct 10 – James Virtue, 68, male
1934, Nov 11 – Clarence Staley, 54, male
1934, Nov 11 – William Thomas “Bill” Brown Jr, 64, male
1934, Jul 07 – Charles Wyman, 76, male
1933, Oct 10 – Grant Taylor, 11, male
1932, Oct 10 – Peter Matthew Ryan, 5, male
1932, Jul 07 – Thomas Earl, 56, male
1930, Jun 06 – Emerson Joyce, 60, male
If we just look at the number of American Zoo’s (over 400), it is clear that after the first Zoo in Philadelphia opened in 1874 the high count of victim deaths in the 1930s could be due to the massive deployment of animal parks during that period. Negative advertising through heavy press-coverage is quite effective as it raises attention and curiosity.
In a similar fashion to how American Zoo’s might have popularised their venues and fascinated the general public with in part media-hoaxes, there was recently (2009, Brown bear) a suspect event in Bern Bear Park* in Switzerland just after they reopened their venue having spent considerable money renovating.
The video scenes from both the latest captive Grizzly murder of Stephan Miller (2008) and Bern Bear Park’s non-lethal mauling have similarities in their video coverage as both incidents show very aggressive, predatory bears seemingly bite and tear their victims obsessively without there being any significant bodily harm such as limbs torn off, chunks of meat chewed or even any open fracture.
911 call Bear kills a man Warning graphic content
Jan 5, 2014 – 108K views
Huge Grizzly Attack a Man in Swiss Zoo
L’ Originale – 4 Feb 2016 – 5K views
The videos of both Brown bear attacks hereover are quite believable on the surface from what we as a public know about this animal. The inflicted injuries are however incompatible with the force and ferocity we lend to these animals through popular culture such as “The Revenant” (2015), “Grizzly Man” (2005) or “Night of The Grizzlies” (1969).
Exactly how a violent bear-attack video could be staged is difficult to know precisely, but the most conventional method would be to use a well-trained bear. The difficulty with using an animal* the size of a grizzly is however that they would have the force to potentially tear of a trainer’s leg or head, and/or at the least inflict serious damage.
*Bern is a historical “bear” city with a bear on their city seal and a bear-pit opened as early as 1857, before there even was any American Zoo.
*the next best solution to using an animal would be to fake the bear altogether which might seem too hard to achieve, but what emerges in my research so far is that very advanced bear suits do exist that are so well performing as to have clinching eyes, licking tongues and saliva together with true-to-nature teeth, claws and fur. Some examples of bears suspect of being played by men-in-suits; Pedals the walking bear, Johnny Walker, NJ Zoo bears and Timo the trumpet playing soccer bear (to mention but a few suspect occurrences)
–November 13, 2019 at 8:28 am #859008In many media hoaxes where violence is at the core of the script as in the case of contrived Grizzly bear maulings, the visuals used to affect the public are conscientiously staged to a sometimes persuasively realistic level.
The ability to mimic injuries mainly relies on Special Effects (SFX) Scar & Wound Makeup techniques. Although it is understandable this type of artistry can pass well on film and photo, most will intuitively be skeptic about such effects actually looking realistic in live action or for a live/real audience*.
With the number of fake news-stories we come across as Fakeologists, it is apparent that professional SFX artists do often work behind the scenes in media-hoaxes and that their performance at times will be difficult to detect as the combined performance of SFX Scar & Wound Makeup and post-production image-alterations can be very realistic.
Important to remember here that the production of fake images goes as far back as to the invention of photography itself, and that the required forgery skills would be protected in every way possible. The expenses necessary to ensure high quality fake violence imagery would probably preclude most Grizzly-on-human media productions that mainly look amateurish and low budget (from the examples studied so far in this thread).
Facial injuries example from Shaune Harrison Academy (Liverpool, UK)
SFX Guide of Real Wounds and Injuries (website)
Easy Special Effects Wound tutorial – CRC Makeup
CRC Makeup – 23 Oct 2014 – 919K views
Bear Attack FX Makeup Tutorial Inspired by The Revenant
Glam&Gore – 20 Jan 2016 – 1.4M views
BEAR ATTACK / Halloween SFX Makeup Tutorial
Karolina Maria – 2 Oct 2019 – 60K views
*in Lee Brooke’s case (here) from 2016, the damage was that severe it really seems to challenge SFX makeup performance as his deformations are significant and that he not only feature in imagery, but also on film and apparently in front of live audiencesNovember 13, 2019 at 9:51 am #859009
Year : 2011 (May 16)
Attack : Grizzly bear (bear shot dead same day)
Victim : Wesley Perkins (54)
Location : Seward Peninsula, Alaska, USA
Injuries : Serious face and head injuries, hand
The use of special effects (SFX) in the case of Wes Perkins overly brutal 2011 Grizzly bear attack seems quite apparent as the effects used in the “crime-scene” imagery are too severe to believe on their own, and particularly when related to the improbable narrative.
In Perkins case it should be straightforward to detect the blatant SFX effects, and the rather catchy narrative of “losing his face” in a bear attack equally seems like a bear-violence meme that accompany several staged Grizzly attacks on humans.
The fact Wes Perkins can be seen posing on his snowmobile with the “dead” bear also hurts the credibility of this particular story – it is of course ludicrous. Not only does Wes Perkins injuries look heavily photo-shopped, but it is quite clear the dead bear isn’t a real animal and thus might be added to the series of giant teddybears used by “reputable” Trophy hunters*.
” The bear – a huge boar – grabbed Wes by the head. It tore loose his lower jaw, ripped loose teeth, removed “half of his tongue” and damaged his left eye socket, Nate said. Doctors are hopeful they can save the eye. Wes, a well-known and popular figure in Nome, is expected to survive. ”
” Perkins was surprisingly coherent when help arrived, the helicopter pilot said. He indicated his leg and arm were hurt but was unable to talk with medics because of severe injuries to his face and mouth. ”
Anchorage Daily News
Closeup of Wes Perkins after Grizzly bear attack with his face “lost”
Wes Perkins apparently posing on his Snowmobile with half his face missing and ready to drive to the hospital himself, just after catching up & killing the grisly bear,,,
Wes Perkins on “the scene” after Grizzly attack with his “Face/Off” (1997 film)
Wes Perkins after 26 surgeries and more than a $1 million in medical expenses
As can be noticed from a number of previous media-hoaxes, the aftermath will often include some type of commercial exploitation. The most common for victims of fake violence and crime will be to use various types of fundraising demands for either medical expenses, family support or funeral fees.
In Wes Perkins case there is an interesting twist to his fundraising efforts as the bear-centric newsoutlet “The Daily Maul” seems to act in synergy with the obvious commercial exploitation as they publish a polarising stance on the Perkins fundraiser initiative forcing the public for taking a stance for or against animal violence thus donating to either one of two fundraiser evils : “Adopt a Bear” or “Donation to Wes Perkins & his family”…
” Wes Perkins is from Alaska, and he knows he’s lucky. Life is good, but it will never be the same after the unfortunate bear attack that nearly cost him his life.
26 surgeries and more than $1 million accumulated in medical suspenses later, Wes is getting along. He’s not the man he once was, but he’s still very appreciative to be alive. ”
Wide Open Spaces
” Today, I’m encouraging you, dear reader, to make a donation, in the grizzly bear’s memory, to Defenders of Wildlife. One way to do so is to “Adopt a Brown Bear. ”
David Brensilver – The Daily Maul
The Nome Nugget – Alaska’s Oldest Newspaper
Fundraiser for Wes Perkins, organised by the Nome Volunteer Fire Department
THE DAILY MAUL
Donate Funds in Memory of Grizzly Bear — Not on Behalf of “Bear-Mauling Victim”
The Seattle Times
Grizzly bear attack sends Alaskan to Seattle hospital
Anchorage Daily News
Heroic response saved Alaska bear mauling victim
Anchorage Daily News
Life’s good for Alaskan who lost face in grizzly bear attack
Wide Open Spaces
Man loses Face in Alaskan grizzly bear attack but considers himself Lucky to be Alive
American Shooting Journal
Man Survives Bear Attack but Loses Face
Brown Bear Mauling Victim Responsive and Healing
*article on “reputable” Trophy hunters here:
https://allunreal.com/blog/shooting-teddybears/November 13, 2019 at 7:48 pm #859011
I thought the Daily Maul was a joke, but no. And even better, the UK Daily Mail, aka the Daily Fail, but now, to me, the Daily Maul] alsocovered this staged news item
Loses face, lost face….it’s one big joke. Who writes these scripts?
Notice how Wesley’s facebook page starts on May 22 2011…
with two nice photos for the media. Check!
No photos since this one, posted Jan 2012, [but date unknown]
Here’s brother Nate, a few months later
Nate Perkins October 31, 2011 ·
Big Brother Wes is undergoing eye surgery tomorrow morning in Seattle. Keep him in your thoughts and prayers, please.
The narrative following the “accident” was provided by Nate, starting May 16, moving onto Seattle, but notice this predictive post not many weeks beforehand:
March 28, 2011 ·
Saw a brown bear today, March 28th. Tis the season a touch early.
November 14, 2019 at 3:24 am #859013
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Loses face, lost face….it’s one big joke. Who writes these scripts?Bear attack hoaxing seems well supported by both the State and the Press globally – and while the most “juicy” imagery is promoted through the more unreliable elements in the press, they do equally act with the backing of “serious” sources.
The fact the Wes Perkins bear-attack hoax happened some time ago already makes the imagery particularly poor imo. When it comes to the most often incredulous storylines – one of the major problems clearly would be that the history of Grizzly bear attacks in reality all build on fake narratives like Hugo Glass “The Revenant”.
If Wes Perkins would try to “make a difference” in the long line of fairytale bear-survival stories, it is clear he would need to invent a new angle* – which in Wes Perkins case lead to overdo the severity a normal human would be able to withstand.
The “SuperHero” attitude of most bear-attack vicsims is quite predictable as is their need for help with expenses in the aftermath. From 911 we have learnt that Firemen are very prone to be part of hoaxes, and therefore not surprising Wes Perkins got help with his hoax-aftermath by Nome Fire Department for gathering undue funds.
Regarding the press coverage of the fake bear-attack on Perkins, not only unreliable outlets like The Daily Mail & Maul were involved, but also “credible” sources like Reuters, State Department of Fish and Game, Alaska State Troopers, Nome Hospital, Nome Fire Department and Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Bear hunter severely mauled by grizzly
*memes such as “lost his face” was also used for 2016 victim Lee Brooke who lost his nose and upper lip (moustache) in his Grizzly bear encounterNovember 14, 2019 at 11:29 am #859014
Year : 2016 (Oct 2)
Attack : Grizzly bear (presumed dead)
Victim : Lee Brooke (59)
Location : Dubois, Wyoming, USA
Injuries : Face, leg and arm injuries
A Grizzly Bear Ripped My Face Off and Now I’m Regrowing My Nose on My Arm
This Morning – 28 Nov 2017 – 2.8M views
Most Grizzly bear maulings are centered on violence thus the amount of press-coverage will depend heavily on the level of realism obtained with SFX makeup artistry. In most cases it’s easy to observe the layered appearance of fake and stitched wounds, while in other cases like Lee Brooke the damage is that severe it really seems to challenge what would be possible to attain with SFX makeup performance alone.
The damage to Lee Brooke’s face is shown in front of live audiences and the alterations appear almost too drastic to induce with SFX makeup only. Yet, there is a very strong media-hoax quality to both his story and exposure in the media.
Lee Brooke from CBS Denver interview (here)
The storyline of Lee Brooke’s Grizzly attack reads like novel – just like the Revenant – where the bear rips Lee Brooke’s face apart with his brother-in-law finding his nose and upper lip (including the moustache) on his way to rescue the badly injured Lee…
Brooke didn’t have his gun. He punched the bear. The bear bit his arm. His only remaining defense was a steak knife in his pocket. Blood shrouded his vision. Fearing death, he pulled out the knife and stabbed the grizzly about four times.
“I don’t know if I’d been brave enough to stab her if I could see her.” -Lee Brooke
He screamed for help. A couple heard his pleas and called authorities. About an hour passed. Brooke prayed, “Lord, I could use some help right about now,” he recalled. About that time, his hunting pal and brother-in-law George Neal found him. During the search, Neal first discovered Brooke’s nose and mustache:
“I said, ‘Aw, no. This ain’t going to be good. ” -George Neal
He picked up the nose and mustache and stuffed them in Brooke’s pocket. “Hang on to this until we get you off the mountain,” he said. He ripped off his shirt and wrapped his brother-in-law as best he could to try to keep him warm. “He was kind of shaking,” Neal said.
The meme of Lee Brooke with a Grizzly bear that “mauls off his face” is rather close to Wes Perkins Grizzly narrative where he “lost his face”.
A noteable difference in Lee Brooke’s story would be that he actually lost parts of his face, luckily recovered by brother-in-law Neal, and how his mauled off face will now be put back in place thanks to the Brooke family crowd-funding efforts.
Lee Brooke in surgery at the Swedish Hospital in Colorado
Lee’s Grizzly Attack Insurance Fund (GoFundMe)
It is hard to know exactly hos it is possible to transform Lee Brooke’s face such an extent as observed in the newscoverage. One hint might be that the very few pictures of Brooke as young do show he has a disfigered nose, like a boxers nose.
Lee Brooke photo collage before/after
Lee Brooke with temporary moustache covering injury
Brooke after one of his 12 head & face surgeries
Lee Brooke shows nose growing on his forearm
” Brooke underwent 12 different surgeries over the first 2½ months. Bones in his face were reconstructed using leg bone. Metal plates also helped rebuild his facial features.
We weren’t sure what was going to happen when he woke up — if he was going to be angry. Then, he wakes up and he’s super intelligent and thankful. He ends up being a really good patient — and our friend. Everyone was calling him ‘The Revenant’ because the movie had recently come out. ”
Lee Bear Attack Patient Fourums V1
EM Productions Preview – 26 Mar 2017 – 1K views
Hunter whose face was mauled off by grizzly bear reveals how he survived
All in One ALG – 18 Nov 2017 – 1K views
Doctors Reconstruct Hunter’s Face After Drastic Grizzly Bear Attack
CBS Denver – 9 Jul 2019 – 2K views
Wyoming Public Media
Grizzly Bear Injures Elk Hunter Near Dubois
Grizzly bear attack seriously injures hunter in Wyoming
Man survives grizzly attack near Dubois
Man who lost nose, mouth describes vicious bear attack
Hunter, 60, whose nose and top lip were torn off in an horrific bear attack like a scene from The Revenant reveals his incredible transformation after pioneering surgery to rebuild his FACE
This Guy Lost His Nose In A Bear Attack. Now, He’s Regrowing It— On His Arm
Man who was mauled by a bear reveals how surgeons are ‘re-growing’ his nose on his ARM in ‘amazing’ treatment (and says he’s STILL hunting)
Lee Brooke fundraiser on Facebook
Fundraiser event for Tioga county, PA man injured in Grizzly bear attack
https://www.facebook.com/1562353587350780/photos/fundraiser-event-for-tioga-county-pa-man-injured-in-grizzly-bear-attackearly-in-/1762562890663181/November 15, 2019 at 4:32 am #859017
Grizzly Bears in the Media
” DULUTH, MN — A local author is sharing his story, more than a decade after surviving a grizzly bear mauling.
Alex Messenger was 17 when he was hiking with a group in Canada. On the 29th day of his trip, he was walking alone and a bear attacked. He and his team had to fight for his life.
Now an author and photographer living in Duluth, Messenger wrote about his experience in his first book, called The 29th Day.
His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Men’s Journal, National Parks magazine, and others. ”
” Messenger, just 17 at the time, was hiking alone when the grizzly struck him across the face and took a large bite out of his thigh. ”
The fresh book-release by Alex Messenger of his true-life wilderness survival epic is hard to investigate as the Grizzly attack happened in the summer of 2005 and that i find no press-coverage of his apparently life-threatening Grizzly bear encounter.
As can be understood from the popularity of fictitious “true-life” narratives of Grizzly bear violence such as “The Revenant”, it seems natural that becoming authors might be tempted to go down the same route as Hugh Glass, or rather James Hall brother of The Port Folio magazine editor.
Clearly, there is little evidence to sustain Alex Messenger’s survival story which means that we are forced to rely on the authors words for the most part in this case.
From the research done so far on alleged Grizzly bear victims, it seems only fair to be cautious about any bear attack generally – we still would need a solid, verifiable story to confirm that Grizzly bear attacks really happens.
Short of buying and reading the whole book about Alex Messenger’s bear-attack survival, it is possible to read selected chapters online in order to form an early impression of what this bear survival epic is like – which i’ve done (on Google Books).
In the prologue of the book, Alex Messenger does seem to give away a few worrying hints about his actual process that adds to a couple of possible numerology twists in his survival-story.
” I thought about my coming senior year of high school and the summer reading book in my pocket, “The Liars’ Club“. Quickly casting that thought aside, i thought of my camera in the case and imagined what I wanted to shoot first. ”
Clearly, the citation above does in no way represent proof in itself, but short of any collaborative sources of information about the Grizzly bear incident itself, such writing does appear overly tongue-in-cheek. Why mention a book title three times if the information is of no importance, and why insist on a title that undermines credibility?
Hopefully Alex Messenger’s account of a gruesome Grizzly attack will unveil itself as the first verifiable, real bear-on-human attack and multiple solid sources of information will come to light that back up this Grizzly assault. As the book release is currently unfolding, maybe even the author would help us better document his case and suffered injuries.
Alex Messenger at Book Con (NY, June 2019)
Duluth Man Shares Story of Grizzly Bear Attack
Local author launches book after surviving bear attack
Face-to-face with a grizzly
“The Twenty-Ninth Day” by Alex Messenger
Surviving a Grizzly Attack in the Canadian Tundra
https://books.google.fr/books?id=90mJDwAAQBAJNovember 17, 2019 at 12:02 pm #859043
To better understand the media fakery tools used to deceive the public, looking at news-stories that are grossly faked can be instructive in order to familiarise with various memes and techniques.
When it comes to fake news-coverage of incidents involving bears, it is particularly interesting scripted narratives and pretend injuries closely match the more on-the-surface believable material.
Herunder are some news-stories around bears* that are all (imo) poorly manufactured and frankly unbelievable. In some of these cases, one might sense even participants having a hard time holding smiles and quiet laughs out of the footage.
Colorado Couple Uses Baseball Bat to Fight Off Mother Bear
FOX31 Denver – 28 Aug 2019 – 2K views
Canadian Man Fights Off Bear Attack By Pulling The Bears Tongue!!
The Weather Channel – 16 Oct 2013 – 54K views
Man uses knife to fight off 525-pound attacking bear
USA Today – 09 Dec 2014 – 18K views
Colorado Man Survives Bear And Shark Attack In One Year
NBC News – 23 Apr 2018 – 8K views
Black Bear Attacks Man
Jukin Media – 30 May 2017 – 3M views
*exemples hereover are not limited to Grizzly bears per say and merely showcase fakery used in relation to bear-hoaxes in the media generallyNovember 28, 2019 at 4:48 am #859092
Grizzly Bears in the Media
” Peddling away, I came around a bend, and there was a grizzly bear, about a hundred feet in front of me. So I stopped and said, “Hey bear,” because that’s what you do when you see one. ”
This particular incident (posted here) clearly appear hoaxed, and the media is doing a good job of milking the story for additional coverage and angles, which is recurrent in Grizzly bear accounts. Any hoaxed event will of course be made exclusively for media exposure, which makes the press coverage the only reason for such narratives to exist in the first place. And it really shows in this case.
The narrative proposed by pocket-kife hero Colin Dowler is overly artificial and childish which is congruent with the very literary scripting we most often observe in the media concerning Grizzly bear maulings.
A normal reaction to seeing an adult, predatory Grizzly bear while on your own clearly will not be to stop and say hello… The infantile dialogue proposed by Grizzly mauling victim Dowler – “Hey bear” – is rather how one greets a domesticated, inoffensive animal, or a teddybear* at best.
Using a pocket-knife in defense of a deadly animal is in itself highly improbable to succeed, which adds to the infantile aspect of the narrative. The “Hey bear” greeting therefore builds on the same naive presentation. And just to finish things off, the grisly Grizzly is tracked and “destroyed” as the animal is recognized with “a T-bone steak size of flesh missing” (article)….
The Colin Dowler pocketknife Grizzly bear survival story has been pushed in the media on three occasions up till now. First in early August as news-coverage in daily papers, then in October by the weekly press & podcast* – and now in the specialized press late November.
Outside Magazine (26 Nov 2019)
This Man Fought a Grizzly Bear with a Pocketknife
As the scientific studies of Grizzly bears show very low numbers of yearly attacks on humans, we have here a case that will indeed be included in the “statistic knowledge” of Grizzly bear behavior which is ridiculous and misleading. This particular animal with its missing “T-bone steak of flesh” was also tracked and killed (good for more news coverage) which lead to an autopsy that now will yearn supplementary “scientific” evidence to inform and educate wildlife specialists…
When we investigate and find the entire Colin Dowler narrative to be fake, it is more likely than not that there never even was an actual bear to account for. The fake Colin Dowler pocket knife narrative never made any use of imagery of the Grizzly bear in question, so no animal was ever needed even for staging. Just stock-photos* of Grizzlies were used – as often is the case.
* Shooting Teddybears (article)
* Outside Podcast (2 0ct 2019)
The Wrong Way to Fight Off a Bear
* stock photo (free use) from the pocket knife hero news-coverage (Grizzly bear snarling)
” The odds of getting seriously injured by a bear in North America are slim. There are just a few dozen bear attacks on the continent every year, and only a handful of them put someone in the hospital. But bear-human encounters are on the rise, in part because more people than ever before are heading out into bear country. This year in particular there have been a lot of stories of people fighting off attacks in dramatic ways, including that guy in British Columbia who ended up killing a black bear with a hatchet. But Colin Dowler has the most incredible story of them all, and his tale offers potentially lifesaving lessons for anyone venturing into the wild. ”
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