Yellowstone/Soda Creek (grizzly) Bear Attack: Man Killed Identified as 48 Year Old Kevin Kammer of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Deb Freeley’s Survives

by the Left Coast Rebel

Fox News just reported that the man killed in Wednesday’s bear attack near Yellowstone National Park (that I blogged about here) has been identified. His name was Kevin Kramer and he was from Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Authorities have also confirmed that the bear responsible for the attack was a female grizzly bear. Montana officials have captured that female grizzly, along with 2 of her cubs as well. The same bear attacked a teenage woman and a Canadian boy.

The Grand Rapids Press tells us a little more on Kevin Kramer from his mother-in-law:

Kammer’s mother-in-law, Phyllis Howard, of Grand Rapids, said he enjoyed fishing, camping and kayaking. Kammer was a father of four, ages 8,9, 15 and 19, with the two youngest attending All Saints Academy, another attending City High School and the oldest at Grand Rapids Community College.

“He was a wonderful father. He took good care of his kids,” she said.

Howard said Kammer went to Yellowstone for a trip on his own.

“He always wanted to go out there, and he had an opportunity to go,” she said. “That was always a dream of his to go out there.”

The PortClinton News Herald also has a story from the female survivor, Deb Freeley of London, Ontario, recounting that she ‘played dead’ as the grizzly bear attacked:
COOKE CITY, Mont. (AP) — A woman who was attacked by a bear in the middle of the night at a busy campground was bitten on her arm and leg before she instinctively played dead so the animal would leave her alone, she said Thursday.

At least one bear rampaged through the campground near Yellowstone National Park on Wednesday, killing one man and injuring Deb Freele of London, Ontario, and another man.

Appearing on the network morning talk shows from a Wyoming hospital, Freele said she woke up just before the bear bit her arm.

“I screamed, he bit harder, I screamed harder, he continued to bite,” she said.

Her survival instinct kicked in, and she realized that the screaming wasn’t working.

“I told myself, play dead,” she said. “I went totally limp. As soon as I went limp, I could feel his jaws get loose and then he let me go.”

ABC video of Canadian Deb Freeley’s first hand account:

Updated: Newsy has more firsthand account of the Grizzly bear attack:


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  1. It's not bad enough we have to kill the environment, now we have to kill its' inhabitants as well. Why can they not take the bear and her cubs to higher ground where no one camps and let them live peacefully. It's not their fault that people have moved into their realm. LEAVE THE BEARS ALONE!!!

  2. The reality of the situation is that one needs to have viable protection when outdoors. Rolling up into a ball after the fact isn't quite as effective as a Smith and Wesson .500 magnum.

    Of course, no one is advocating the senseless slaughter of wild animals but when it comes down to my life or the animals, I'm going to find a gun more effective than a video camera.


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