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Musician killed by bear in Canada
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Posted By: NorthernDog, 8/21/2019 7:57:54 PM

Toronto - A French artist who used the sounds of nature in his music has been killed by a bear in Canada. Friends said Julien Gauthier (44) was the victim of an attack after a bear entered a camp near the village of Tulita, in the Northwest Territories last week. The police have not yet publicly identified the victim. Gauthier was travelling with a biologist, Camille Toscani, on an expedition in the sparsely populated area, recording new sounds for his work. The pair had planned to travel from Fort Providence to Inuvik, two towns separated by more than 1,500km of wilderness


He found out the hard way that loud growls and also nature sounds. May he rest in peace.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: coldoc 8/21/2019 8:08:07 PM (No. 158622)
I'd bet he has some unique sounds on his recorder.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: DW626 8/21/2019 8:09:39 PM (No. 158623)
Wonder if he ever saw the movie “Grizzly” about bear lover Timothy Treadwell...
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Highlander 8/21/2019 8:26:04 PM (No. 158636)
Being a Euro Frenchie, he wasn’t packing for venturing in dangerous territory. I would not ever go anywhere in the wild without a .45.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Sergeant Major 8/21/2019 8:31:27 PM (No. 158637)
My brother worked for the phone company in Northern California. His job took him into the mountains to shoot trouble on the phone lines. He spent several days at a time and camped while there. He always set up two tents, one for sleeping and one located many yard away for his food. Figured that any wandering bear would go to the food tent first giving him time to defend himself.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: watashiyo 8/21/2019 8:35:43 PM (No. 158639)
Bears are territorial. Don't think they'll welcome you with an open arm when you violate their space.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: daveman55 8/21/2019 8:48:19 PM (No. 158646)
The Darwin Award now has a sound.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Connor 8/21/2019 9:10:02 PM (No. 158653)
None of these comments are funny. He didn't do anything wrong and died a horrible death. Have we lost all sense of compassion? To make jokes about a gruesome death is beyond comprehension.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Muncsdad 8/21/2019 9:18:27 PM (No. 158657)
No, this is not funny at all. Bears are very dangerous and too many people lately have been mauled or killed. Very sad and tragic.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: curious1 8/21/2019 9:22:58 PM (No. 158659)
#7, too many examples of 'people' who don't realize only fools take more than three steps into the wilderness without being armed. Without technology to give us a big advantage, and arms falls into that category, we are not the apex predator on land or in the oceans. Now, if he had been armed and still kiled, that's called bad luck. But to not prepare properly, that's Darwin Award material.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Safari Man 8/21/2019 9:31:29 PM (No. 158663)
A sound track for Edvard Munch‘s “Scream”
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Reply 11 - Posted by: rubberneck 8/21/2019 9:36:28 PM (No. 158665)
The story is tragic, but some of the comments ARE pretty funny. Hey - bears gotta eat, too. (Since it's in Canada, he was likely unarmed and defenseless. People who are exposed in Alaska bear country, or Montana or Wyoming or my own beloved Idaho, tend to carry a substantial firearm. .44 mag will do it, unless a grizzly gets the drop on you.)
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Reply 12 - Posted by: RenoVet68 8/21/2019 9:51:21 PM (No. 158674)
When interviewed, the bear said, "Send more naturists. The last one was delicious".
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Reply 13 - Posted by: yottyhere 8/21/2019 9:54:23 PM (No. 158675)
I grew up in central Maine and we learned as small kids not to go into any the wooded areas around our house/street/neighborhood by yourself. In the summers we would actually have moose and deer walk down our street at times heading for our parents/friends/family gardens to dine. We knew there were bears in the deep woods around us so we never EVER ventured into their area.....we just knew For this guy, who simply wanted to record sounds of nature may he RIP ....bless his heart
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Reply 14 - Posted by: Nevadadad46 8/21/2019 10:17:23 PM (No. 158684)
I doubt seriously he considered the sounds of a discharging Desert Eagle point five-oh to be part of his sound collection.Too bad. Well, RIP to the nature lover. Trouble with Mother Nature is- she can quite often be a bitch.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: snakeoil 8/21/2019 10:33:37 PM (No. 158692)
Feel sorry for the guy. We have as much a right to the woods as a bear. Where I live I am in far more danger from predators with 2 legs.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: janjan 8/21/2019 11:30:34 PM (No. 158719)
He went into dangerous territory unarmed and hoped his recklessness would be rewarded with great ‘nature sounds’. No, I do not have compassion for this knd of stupidity.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: Heraclitus 8/21/2019 11:58:05 PM (No. 158726)
Years ago, a friend of mine moved from MA to Kodiak Island, Alaska. She wrote in a letter about her first berry-picking expeditions. She was warned about the Kodiak bears, and was told that she would smell them long before they could be seen. You had to get out of the area: a male can weigh up to half a ton; on all fours, he's 4-5', standing, between 8 and 9 feet. We once saw a stuffed one in an outdoor supply store, and even in that state (they had him standing), it was pretty darned terrifying. His paw was bigger than an adult's head,,, one's head would easily fit in his mouth. They're also really fast.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: Roark 8/22/2019 12:13:08 AM (No. 158730)
First, you have a Dublin, Ireland newspaper reporting on a Frenchman in the Northwest Territories of Canada and posted on a US website...mmmm. Second, the sparsely worded report said the two companions were in a camp (can we assume a camp grounds?). Given other campers were around, perhaps. Territorial as they may be, those territories usually do not include campgrounds or other spaces of human activities (though they are not above scavenging those spaces). Third, the bear drug the poor victim out of his tent at night (can we assume he may have been sleeping?). The guy could have been armed like a deployed SEAL and none of that armament would have done him any good in that situation. It is a most unfortunate situation. However, bears do have a keen nose. Could it be the bear picked the unfortunate Gauthier because he smelled like a Frenchie?
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Reply 19 - Posted by: DVC 8/22/2019 2:39:54 AM (No. 158767)
When you are NOT on the top of the food chain, the prudent go armed. Now, unfortunately in Canada, that is far less convenient, since they are very restrictive on handguns. But, of course, being French, he was probably not aware enough to get a shotgun loaded with slugs as a critical piece of survival equipment. Bear attacks are not extremely common, but not being prepared is just foolish.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: cube 8/22/2019 4:43:52 AM (No. 158802)
I know there are rural boonies and there are urban boonies. I wouldn't go unarmed to either one.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua 8/22/2019 6:49:53 AM (No. 158851)
Wild animals are by definition wild. They are dangerous. They are bigger, stronger, and faster than you, and they have really big teeth. Plan accordingly.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: cThree 8/22/2019 6:55:29 AM (No. 158855)
Mother Nature is not romantic. Her retirement plan for creatures great and small is not pretty, and more often than not includes getting eaten alive. "Sounds of nature" include distress cries and death rattles.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: DVC 8/22/2019 11:24:55 AM (No. 159162)
#3, "a .45" is pretty puny for a griz. A .44 Mag is better but still, a shotgun with slugs or a rifle with large caliber cartridges is far more effective. The issue is portability. Long guns are inconvenient until needed. And handguns in Canada are proscribed for foreigners, as far as I know. I do know that years ago, driving to Alaska I could NOT take my handgun with me into Canada.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: Hazymac 8/23/2019 10:57:27 AM (No. 159951)
There are instances of bears (black bears, I think), being killed by a lucky perfect shot or two from a .380, an extremely unlikely occurrence, even if it did happen once or twice. A .454 Casull would work far better. (An African hunter killed a full grown cape buffalo with one shot from a .454 Casull. It's quite a bit more powerful than Dirty Harry's Smith and Wesson Model 29 .44 Magnum.) #23 is correct that a .45 ACP wouldn't be nearly enough gun against a brown (grizzly) bear, or even against a black bear. A powerful rifle round or a broadhead arrow from a modern combination bow will bring down even a huge bear quickly. Even a good shot with the slow moving .45 bullet might not penetrate to a vital area, which would peeve the bear mightily. Against big game a hunter doesn't use hollow-points--he uses hard penetrating bullets. In large ursines the pistol kill shot is to the brain. Even an eventually mortal body shot probably wouldn't prevent an attack. At full gallop a bear can achieve 35 mph--about six or seven mph faster than Usain Bolt, the world's fastest human--and the bear can keep up this pace for miles, enabling it to chase down shorter winded game. If a bear attacks a person, there will be little time for defensive action. No doubt a .44 Magnum shot, placed properly, would take down any bear. The only problem is that with this caliber you have six rounds. Hitting a charging bear in the brain will be difficult on the first shot, more difficult on subsequent shots because of the huge kick and inevitable muzzle flip. Many Alaskans who spend a lot of time outdoors have adopted the 10mm pistol, featuring a cartridge that is essentially as powerful as a .357 Magnum, making the 10mm (the .40 S&W is a shortened 10mm cartridge) the most powerful semiauto round (other than the freakish, heavy .50 Desert Eagle, which no one would carry). Outdoorsman Ted Nugent carries a Glock 20, a 10mm with capacity of 15+1, a whole lot better odds than having six rounds of .44 Magnum. The 10mm is much more shootable than the Magnum. The G20: that's what I would carry in bear country.
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