Brown bear with cubs mauls Texas moose hunter in Alaska

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Brown Bear With Cubs Mauls North Texas Moose Hunter In Alaska.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Authorities say a North Texas man mauled by a brown bear while moose hunting in Alaska has suffered serious injuries.According to the Alaska State Troopers, a body was found Sept. 19 in Willow Creek near mile 71 of the Parks Highway in Willow, Alaska, between Anchorage and Denali National Park and Preserve.

They say a bear with cubs attacked 47-year-old Gregory Joseph Matthews of Plano as he hunted Tuesday with his brother in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. The body was transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for identification, and on Monday, the office positively identified the body as Jerry Warner, of Richland, who was 71 years old at the time. Gregory fired on the bear during the mauling, but it wasn’t clear whether he hit it. “Early reports indicate that when Greg was attacked, Roger went to his aid,” Marsh wrote in an email. “At that point, the bear started toward Roger and Roger fired at the animal twice with a .300 Winchester Magnum rifle. Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as Fish and Game, sent personnel to Skilak Lake in an attempt to find the bear that attacked Matthews, but Marsh said that the bear wasn’t spotted Tuesday night. Miller said while these attacks mark an uptick of bear activity on the refuge, there is no evidence yet to suggest they are the result of a common problem. “On the refuge anyway, we’ve gone two or three years without having any (attacks).

I don’t see any common thread through any of these except, unfortunately, they happen.” Investigators determined the last two bear attacks were defensive.

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