A Canadian couple and their dog were mauled to death by a grizzly bear. The couple were able to send a harrowing final SOS message to family members before they were killed in the gruesome attack.
Doug Inglis and Jenny Gusse, both 62, went on a seven-day hike in Alberta’s popular Banff National Park last week. The pair were “very experienced” hikers who had been to the area “many times.” However, tragedy struck when they fell victim to a brutal bear attack.
Last Friday afternoon, Inglis told his uncle that they had not reached their planned camping destination and would instead stay overnight near the Red Deer River in Panther Valley, west of Ya Ha Tinda Ranch in Banff National Park.
Colin Inglis, Doug’s uncle, received a frightening three-word SOS message at around 8.15pm on Friday.
The uncle told the Calgary Herald“I got a call from her Garmin (inReach device) saying, ‘Bear attack bad’.”
“The alarm bells were ringing: ‘This is not good’ – meaning there has been an engagement,” Inglis said. “You’re completely helpless to know what’s going on.”
The terrible news was also automatically sent to Parks Canada officials.
The uncle said a helicopter was deployed for the search and rescue mission but it had to turn back due to cloudy weather. A response team was dispatched to the scene around 10:30 p.m. However, the search team did not reach the couple’s campsite until around 2 a.m. The search and rescue team discovered a gruesome scene.
The recovery team found the mangled and lifeless bodies of Inglis, Gusse and their 7-year-old border collie named Tris.
Parks Canada officials believe the couple was sitting in their tent reading when they were attacked by the grizzly bear.
Park officials told Inglis that the couple’s tent was “smashed and their e-readers were open.”
Inglis believes his nephew was outside the tent trying to fight off the bear while Jenny was inside the tent sending the desperate SOS message.
Accordingly the New York Post“The pair – a research scientist and a laboratory technician at the Agriculture and Food Research Center – appeared to have tried to fend off the bear with bear spray, but the animal was relentless.”
Colin said: “A can of bear spray was completely discharged but this bear was undeterred.”
The response team located the grizzly bear suspected of killing the couple and was forced to shoot the aggressive animal.
Colin said: “According to her, the bear intended to kill her.”
Parks Canada announced Tuesday that the bear was a 25-year-old grizzly bear in “good body condition” with poor teeth and less body fat than usual for this time of year. Experts believe the bear was a predator because it was trying to fatten up before hibernation.
Investigators will conduct a necropsy on the grizzly bear to determine whether it is the same animal that killed the couple.
Inglis said the couple “did everything right, but bad things happen.”
The couple are said to be looking forward to retiring next year so they can have more time to explore the outdoors.
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