I've just started skimming this book. It's like to pad itself out by havinga chain of names and where people are going.
The bear is now back and they are still trying to fight it.
Given that this was written by a dude there's a ton of gender essentialist stuff. I don't think a bear can turn someone into giblets with just a swipe of a paw, even if the person being attacked is old.
Dude obviously thinks that old people are just so fragile, when in reality there are a lot of old people that are active and strong.