9-year-old boy seriously injured in bear attack while hunting in Alaska; bear shot dead by family member
A 9-year-old boy was seriously injured by a brown bear while hunting north of Anchorage, Alaska state police said Wednesday.
The child and a 41-year-old man encountered the bear Tuesday night while hunting in the Palmer Hay Flats area, about 35 miles from the state’s largest city, soldiers said online statement.
The bear battered the boy, seriously injuring him. Police said the adult suffered minor injuries and he shot and killed the bear.
Both hunters were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Police say the two are related, but have not determined how. Police also did not immediately release their names or the boy’s current condition.
Troops and Alaska Department of Fish and Game personnel are expected to return to the Dry Lawn area Wednesday to continue their investigation.
Earlier this month, a Michigan man was visiting Alaska bitten by a grizzlyAlthough he suffered a “serious stab wound”, Nicholas Kuperus, 33, used bear spray to stop the attack. Cooper Ruth was also hunting at the time of the attack, which occurred about 60 miles north of Glennallen.
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There have been several other non-fatal bear attacks in the U.S. this year, including in Colorado, Oregon, Vermont and Wyoming.