Do you remember Ray "Cappy" Capocella....???
We were trying to remember what year "Cappy" was mauled to death near the Tonsona Glacier. Would have been about 1972. We are also wondering if the investigation report is available.
Any Information would be helpful.
Fact or Fiction?
According to Larry Kanuit in “The Original Alaska Bear Tales”, pg 93, it was the fall of ’72.
He tried to flush a bear off a moose kill and got caught. Broken ribs through the lungs and heart were the result. (As told to Kanuit by the hunter 5 years later.)
I knew Cappy. According to his cohorts, he was in illegal ground, trying to get a record bear for a client. The client hit the bear & caused it to charge. Cappy jumped in; and kept shooting at the spine, instead of a shoulder. The Bear was able to claw its way to Cappy & did him in.
All of the other guides were shocked that Cappy wouldn't shoot for a shoulder.
I doubt if there was more than a Fish & Game report.
Originally Posted by JW454
The story he told Larry Kanuit, was totally different than the report he gave at the time, to the State Trooper Investigating, and the Pilot that brought him out. But by then he had moved his Taxidermy business from Buffalo to Anchorage. There was a reason the old Guides never referred business to him.