Moose hunter from Plano mauled by brown bear with cubs in Alaska

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

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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