Two separate bear incidents in the last few days, including one attack, left one man dead and another with life-threatening injuries.
Two hunters on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson shot a bear along a ridge. When they went to retrieve the animal below a ridge, it didn’t go well. Here’s more from KTUU:
The bear then rolled down the slope, dislodging rocks in the process. Troopers say McCormick was struck by both a rock and the falling bear. Tennyson was reportedly uninjured, but McCormick was hand carried to a LifeMed helicopter and transported to Anchorage Providence with life threatening injuries.
In Southeast Alaska, a mine contractor employee was reportedly killed in a bear attack.
KTUU again on this separate incident:
Alaska Wildlife Troopers have identified the contract employee who was reported dead in a bear mauling near the Greens Creek Mine in Southeast Alaska as Anthony David Montoya, 18 of Hollis, OK.
Troopers responded to the attack, which was reported at 8:44 a.m. Monday. They say Montoya was mauled by a sow and two cubs. All three bears were killed prior to Troopers arriving on scene.
Next of kin has been notified. Montoya’s body will be sent to the State Medical Examiner’s office for autopsy.