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Winter Bear

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Elizabeth Hinkle
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Elizabeth Hinkle's skis frame the print of a grizzly bear she and two friends saw on a trail in the White Mountains over Thanksgiving weekend.

There was an unusual winter bear sighting in the White Mountains National Recreation Area north of Fairbanks. A group of skiers encountered a grizzly while travelling along a trail between 2 public use cabins. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the bear was not aggressive, but the incident raises the question of whether winter backcountry travelers should carry bear protection.