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Trainee ranger gnawed to death by brown bear had no time to use his walkie-talkie or gun

By The Siberian Times reporter
20 August 2018

Vadim Klabukov, 23, paid with his life after flouting safety rules when he went to retrieve lost backpack in South Kamchatka nature reserve.

Vadim Klabukov, 23

The graduate of Irkutsk Agrarian University was working for a year in the reserve on the Kamchatka peninsula in the far east of Russia.

He had been with a group of tourists at a spot where red salmon  spawn - and left his backpack. 

Without informing his fellow rangers he left the Ozerny base and went back alone to retrieve it - but was ambushed by a brown bear after going close to to a spot where the predator had dug its salmon prey. 

There were signs of a skirmish and traces of gnawing on the man’s body. 

Trainee ranger gnawed to death by brown bear had no time to use his walkie-talkie or gun


Trainee ranger gnawed to death by brown bear had no time to use his walkie-talkie or gun


Trainee ranger gnawed to death by brown bear had no time to use his walkie-talkie or gun

Without informing his fellow rangers he left the Ozerny base, and went back alone to retrieve his bagpack


Nature Reserve spokeswoman Maria Vorontova said Klabukov, from the Buryatia Republic, had a gun, knife and a walkie-talkie with him but had no time to use any of them.  

‘Vadim got a job in the nature reserve this summer, as soon as he graduated from Irkutsk Agrarian University,’ she said.

‘On Saturday, 18 August, he left the Ozerny area without saying a word to his colleagues and bosses.’

The reserve offered its condolences to his family and friends, but stressed that he died because he did not comply with safety regulations. 

The area is dangerous because bears feed here and attack if they think their prey is at risk. 

The Investigative Committee has launched a preliminary check into his death. 

Comments (5)

I'm so sorry for what happened. My condolences go out to his family and friends. Such a horrible accident.
Stephanie, USA
23/08/2018 01:51
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I just came back from Alaska and spent some time with a man who was mauled by a grizzly while hunting moose. He came upon a mother and her Cubs and you know the rest of the story. One thing I hear over and over is how fast a grizzly can get to you. From forty yards you basically have about 2.5 seconds to react with either a gun or bear spray. My heart goes out to this young man whose life is cut short at such an early age.
Chris, United States
21/08/2018 07:08
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That's really a tough way to go, short and violent. The wilderness has been romanticized by the civilization we live in. Reality is that the wilderness is governed by tooth and claw, and man's best insurance is to make sure he's not the unlucky recipient of either one.
LarryG, Fargo, USA
20/08/2018 22:43
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how about staying away from that area in the first place. Humans always pay the price for their arrogance and feeling of superiority. Those wild animals are in their natural habitat.
W, A
20/08/2018 20:47
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Nature cares not who you are, cares not for your training. This young man made the mistake of been too embarrassed to tell he left equipment behind, and then nature did what nature does best.

Anyone who spends a lot of time in nature know at some time you will make a mistake, the best you can do is hope to survive it.

Im so so sorry you did not survive your mistake.
Alex, Sweden
20/08/2018 19:09
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