Hunter Injured After Surprising Brown Bear Sow And Cubs

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Alaska moose hunters had a harrowing confrontation with a bear last week around Gunsight Mountain, north of Palmer . Check out the video from KTVA TV in Anchorage, which has more on the story:

“Reportedly the two hunters surprised a sow brown bear with two cubs,” troopers wrote. “The sow attacked one of the hunters causing serious injuries.”

According to AST, the second hunter shot the adult female bear and ended the attack. The hunters then evacuated to a cabin and the injured hunter was flown by helicopter to an Anchorage hospital for treatment.

The report also says the bear was shot and killed during the attack. Here’s the full AST report:

Date: 9/9/2019 10:56:15 AM

AK19061774

Location: Eureka
Type: Bear Mauling

Dispatch Text:

On 9/6/19 at approximately 1900 hours, it was reported to Alaska Wildlife Troopers that a moose hunter was attacked by a bear in the Eureka/Gunsight Mountain area.  Reportedly the two hunters surprised a sow brown bear with two cubs.  The sow attacked one of the hunters causing serious injuries.  The second hunter was able to shoot the sow and end the attack.  The hunters self-evacuated to a cabin where the injured hunter was transported by Lifemed Helo to an Anchorage hospital for treatment of his injuries. Other hunters were able to confirm that the sow was deceased. ADF&G was notified.    

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