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Vacationer attacked, killed, eaten by a hungry bear whereas mountaineering in a Nationwide Park

Visitors attempted to hike barefoot for 7 hours
  1. eTurboNews released a list of the most dangerous national parks in the United States, but nothing beats what happened to a group of visitors from Moscow hiking in Ergaki Natural Park, a national park in Siberia.
  2. Ergaki is a mountain range in the western Sayan Mountains in southern Siberia, Russia. The highest point is the Zvyozdniy peak. Ergaki Natural Park is a nature reserve that encompasses the mountain range.
  3. A Russian camper from Moscow unpacking his tent in this Siberian national park was killed and eaten by a brown bear while his friends watched in horror.

The tourist who was eaten by this hungry brown bear was identified locally as Yevgeny Starkov, 42.

He traveled with a group of our tourists from Moscow and was trekking in the popular Ergaki National Park in Krasnoyarsk in southern central Russia.

Three hikers in the same group escaped without shoes. They went on a seven hour hike, barefoot and pursued by a ferocious and deadly bear to find help.

Ergaki Nature Park is blessed with an incomparable mountain landscape in the heart of the magnificent Wester Sayan Mountains.

Every year thousands of visitors come to Ergaki to see wonderful untouched nature, marvel at the flowery sky and crystal clear lakes in the valleys, to enjoy impressive peaks, breathtaking rock formations and wide views.

With varied landscapes in a small space, the Ergaki Nature Park is an excellent place for hiking, trekking, climbing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and mountain skiing.

People come to this fabulous park in search of harmony and serenity.

The park administration had posted on their website: “A trip to the Ergaki Nature Park will inspire you to take many beautiful pictures and leave unforgettable impressions.”

After this fatal incident, the park was closed until November for security reasons.

One of the survivors told a local news agency that they watched their friend being eaten before continuing to flee into the forest after the bear spotted them.

The Russian Ministry of the Environment and the park administration arrested the animal and killed it. The investigation into the circumstances of the incident is ongoing.

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