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.

Rhea Matthews spoke with her husband on the phone Wednesday while he recovered in the hospital in Alaska. ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Texas man who was mauled by a brown bear while moose hunting in Alaska was expected to survive serious injuries, authorities said Wednesday.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. The bear with two cubs attacked 47-year-old Gregory Joseph Matthews of Plano, Texas, as he hunted Tuesday with his brother in Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, authorities said. 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.

On Aug. 4, a 20-year-old backcountry lodge employee from Girdwood sustained non-life-threatening injuries when she was attacked by a bear after she and another worker startled the animal while they were running on a trail. The refuge manager, Andy Loranger, reported that fishermen in the area notified authorities of the attack, and Matthews was airlifted out of the park and to a nearby hospital. The backcountry where the attack occurred — near Doroshin Bay at the upper end of Skilak Lake — is primarily accessible by boat or occasionally by floatplane in summer. Loranger says that the salmon are making their annual pass through the Alaskan rivers, and this has attracted the attention of a number of large predators. 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. In other words, the bears involved were startled, and took out what they perceived to be a threat, said Fish and Game Wildlife Biologist Cathie Harms in a previous interview with the Peninsula Clarion.

The black bear, pictured above, is rarely considered dangerous but have shown limited aggressiveness to people that encroach on their territory in a threatening manner. Investigators will verify whether the bear that attacked Matthews did in fact have cubs with it, how old the possible cubs are and whether the bear needs to be euthanized if it is hurt, Marsh said. Mothers with cubs, like the one in the recent attack, are largely responsible for the attacks on record, and small parties are more likely to be attacked than large groups. While humans are not likely to inflict a deadly bite wound on a bear much larger than they are, this is typically the way bears fight against each other in the wild.

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