Alaska grizzly missing half a leg
A biologist says the bear, called Tri-pawed, seems to be doing well at Alaska's Denali National Park.
May 11th, 2012
02:00 PM ET

Alaska grizzly missing half a leg

Visitors to Alaska's Denali National Park this summer may be able to catch a glimpse of something you don't see every day: a three-pawed grizzly bear.

A picture of the bear shows it to be missing about half of its right front leg.

"We call him Tri-pawed," park biologist Pat Owen told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. "He kind of hops around."

The bear, the first Owen has seen missing a paw in 23 years with the Park Service, was first spotted in the park last year, when the wound was still bloody, she told the paper. She wondered at that time whether the injury would prevent the bear from getting food, digging its winter den or defending itself.

But it seems to have done just fine, she said.

One person at the park even saw the bear leap a highway guardrail, Owen told the Daily News-Miner.

"They said he looked very agile. I don't think he has any trouble getting around," she was quoted as saying.

Owen said park officials don't know how the bear was injured, but did not think it was from a trap because the wound was a clean cut.

The Park Service won't track the bear and won't do anything special to help it, she said. While the grizzly is listed as a threatened species in the lower 48 states, there are about 30,000 grizzlies in Alaska, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

"For now, we'll let him do his thing and see what happens," Owen told the Daily News-Miner. But she said that if the grizzly is still around when visitor season opens on May 20, the park may post signs so rangers won't have to repeatedly answer the same questions about it.

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  1. banasy©

    Nature compensates.
    Good to see him getting around so well.

    May 11, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • kacklepuss

      Old bear traps that are banned now can still be out there. Some people might still use them, besides collecting them. Some bear traps were banned because they didn't capture the creature, they maimed it by snapping what got caught in it right off!

      May 11, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |


    May 11, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    That is pretty cool that he was able to survive, but it BEARLY seemed like headline news.

    May 11, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jack the Ripper

    Sarah Palin missing half a brain...

    May 11, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fox Terrier

      She didn't have anyone to hold the bear while she shot it...

      May 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brandon Donavan

      Better than your whole missing brain.

      May 11, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • qqqqqjim

      No, she's just a bad shot from the chopper! But I dare say, the bear is most probably a lot smarter then Stupid Sarah.

      May 11, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. wildone

    Probably one of Nugents cripples.

    May 11, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. George

    First thing I thought of too, Grizzly missing half a leg; Grizzly Mom missing half a brain. Same with that pathetic daughter of hers, making fun of the children of the president just like Glenn Beck and Rush did.

    May 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • qqqqqjim

      You hit the nail on the head! What a useless, pathetic family. It makes you wonder if Palin, Lush, and Beck are all from the same gene pool on some distant planet.

      May 11, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |

    Yogi reached into the wrong picnic basket.

    May 11, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Krista

    What on earth could cut off the paw of a grizzly Other than a trap with a so-called "clean-cut"?!

    May 11, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hear Ye

      My knife did .... you wouldn't want to eat a good bear like that all at once, now would ya?

      May 11, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Vick

    It's BEARABLE.

    May 11, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sickofidiots

    This bear is getting through life just fine with disability payments. Humans need to stop being such cry babies and take note.

    May 11, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • bczu

      All those people you are talking sure you are scared of. So if it was survival of the fittest. You would be the one asking for handouts.

      May 11, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ghostclown

    Is this news? I thought this was a web site for news. Does anyone know of website for news. Maybe one that employs journalists?

    May 11, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keith

      It is enough to make you reply. You don't find it interesting that a bear is able to survive missing part of a leg?

      May 11, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dave

    Why is it missing half a leg? I'll guess a bear trap got her and she may have chewed it off. People are cruel.

    May 11, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • bspurloc

      people who dont read articles are more cruel cuz they make up their own reality then spread it

      May 11, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. lammy

    Best grizzly bear to get into a fight with

    May 11, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Canada: America's Hat

    I love stories like this, nature is so adaptable.

    May 11, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Samuel R. Preston, III

    Somewhere, someone in Alaska is munching on a nice bear paw steak right now. Mmmmmmm.

    May 11, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
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