Security increased at Denali National Park

Posted: Wednesday, August 08, 2001

DENALI NATIONAL PARK (AP) -- Security is being increased following the attack on a woman inside Denali National Park.

Park rangers are adding extra patrols in populated areas of the park and are suggesting that people walk with flashlights at night and walk in groups.

The 32-year-old woman was attacked Monday. She told authorities someone struck her from behind and knocked her to the ground near the park post office. She said the man demanded money and began kicking her in the ribs. When she tried to stand up, the man struck her in the face and knocked her unconscious.

The woman was treated at the McKinley Chalet Hotel clinic and later taken to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital where tests showed she had a concussion.

Park ranger Tom Habecker said he can't remember a similar incident inside the park, which gets about 350,000 visitors a year. But he said he wasn't surprised, either.

''People tend to let their guard down in a national park situation,'' Habecker said.

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