CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 2011 |
Torrance resident Brian Matayoshi and his wife, Marylyn, were avid outdoors people who loved hiking and Yellowstone National Park. The couple were on their fourth visit to the park this week — midway through a three-week trip — when they inadvertently surprised a grizzly sow and her cubs on a popular trail. What happened next was, according to bear experts, a "1 in 3 million" occurrence: the grizzly charged Brian Matayoshi, 57, fatally mauling him. The sow then bit into the backpack Marylyn Matayoshi was wearing and hoisted her into the air, dropping her to the ground, unhurt.