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Bloody Warrior Facts

Trooper Noll on the scene.

Trooper Noll on the scene. (View larger version)

Photograph by Abby Lautt/ PSG Films

  • While a standard stun gun is used at close range, Tasers can shock someone from about 20 feet away.

  • The most common stalking behavior is unwanted messages and phone calls—and about half of all stalking victims experience at least one unwanted contact per week.

  • An estimated 3.4 million people over age 18 are stalked in the U.S. every year.

  • Brass knuckles—pieces of metal that fit around a person’s knuckles and deliver a forceful punch—are illegal in many U.S. states, including Alaska.

  • Both black bears and grizzly bears live in Denali National Park and Preserve and can run at speeds of 35 mph or more.

  • The wildlife on Denali is diverse, but there are no recorded reptiles.

  • A three-pawed grizzly bear called “Tripawed” was first seen in Denali National Park in 2011. He returned in 2012 and appears to be thriving.

  • Approximately 400,000 people visit Denali National Park and Preserve every year to backpack, cycle, and camp in the six million acre wild lands.

  • Roughly the size of Vermont, Denali’s rugged wilderness is diverse, with tundra, forest, and snow-covered mountains.

  • Almost all the bears seen by visitors along the Denali Park Road—the only vehicle access into the heart of the Park—are grizzlies.

  • Denali’s weather is extremely variable. There can be sun, wind, rain, and clouds on the same day. The average temperatures in summer can be anywhere between 33-75 degrees, and snow has fallen in July.

  • From 1903 through the end of the 2006 climbing season, 96 people died on Denali. Fatalities are declining, though, thanks largely to a National Park Service registration system that began in 1995.