ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CBS Seattle/AP) — Authorities in Alaska say a man has been mauled by a bear during a hike in the woods of an Anchorage suburb.
Anchorage police Lt. Dave Parker says the man’s leg was torn by the brown bear, which might have had cubs with it. The animal ran off after the attack Sunday afternoon off Mariah Drive in Eagle River.
Jessy Coltrane, an area biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, checked the scene with police.
Parker says officers and medics have reached the man at the scene, a 30-minute hike from the road. Parker says the man is being treated there before being brought out.
“The one thing I asked him was how close was the bear when you saw it. He said ‘oh, 5 feet.’ She was right there in the bushes essentially, with these cubs,” the biologist told the Anchorage Daily News. “It was incredibly unfortunate but a classic defensive attack by a sow with cubs, surprised at very close range.”
According to Parker, the man had been hiking alone with his dog, which was not injured.
The Anchorage Daily News say that police have identified the man as 50-year old Bob Eder.
Parker says Sunday’s attack occurred near the site of a nonfatal attack of a brown bear in May.
“This is really great brown bear and black bear country,” Coltrane added. “It’s really great habitat.
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