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Bear Kills, Eats Man in Alaska

July 17, 2000

HYDER, Alaska (AP) _ A bear killed and partially ate a man at a campground several miles from a bear viewing area.

The body of George Tullos, 41, of Ketchikan was found Saturday at the Run Amuck campground near Hyder, a community along the Canadian border about 75 miles from Ketchikan. The attack apparently happened late Friday.

Bruce Bartley, a spokesman for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, said he could recall only three cases of bears attacking people and eating them in the past 20 years.

Tullos was apparently alone at the campground, sleeping outdoors with only a tarp for shelter, a quarter-mile from the city dump and about three miles from a bear-viewing platform operated by the U.S. Forest Service.

Alaska State Trooper Sgt. Kurt Ludwig said there had never been a bear attack before in the viewing area or the campground, even though ``the tourists have been known to get extremely close to the bears.″

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