Brown Bear That Killed Eagle River Hiker Eluding Authorities

Law enforcement officials have been searching for the brown bear that fatally attacked  a hiker in Eagle River near Anchorage, but the bruin can’t be tracked down. Here’s more from the Anchorage Daily News: 

“The immediate trail has gone cold,” said Alaska Department of Fish and Game spokesman Ken Marsh on Monday.

The bear traps remain near the end of Hiland Road, but Marsh said they’re no longer set. However, that could change if there are bear sightings in the area.


“At this point we’re going more into a long-term type of strategy,” he said, though he couldn’t say exactly what measures biologists may take aside from closely monitoring the situation in case there are more bear sightings.

Biologists have taken bear DNA samples from the site where an Eagle River man’s body was found and another man was mauled June 20. Marsh said if Fish and Game does capture and kill any bears in the area, the samples will be used to determine if the bear matches the one believed to be responsible for killing Michael Soltis, 44, and injuring Paul Vasquez, a volunteer searcher who was mauled near Soltis’ body. Vasquez suffered a leg wound when he was attacked by what was described as a large brown bearby another member of the search party.