Hunter Attacked by 'Surprised' Grizzly Bear in Alaska, Animal Shot Dead: 'All Hell Broke Loose'

A moose hunter has been left with serious injuries after being mauled by an adult female bear last Friday in the Eureka and Gunsight Mountain area of Alaska.

The attack, which was reported to state troopers at approximately 7 p.m., came to an end after the person's hunting partner shot the bear. Both hunters were able to make their way to nearby cabins and the victim was rushed to an Anchorage hospital by rescue helicopter.

As reported by KTVA, the Alaska State Troopers said: "Reportedly the two hunters surprised a sow brown bear with two cubs. The sow attacked one of the hunters causing serious injuries." The hunters have not yet been identified by law enforcement.

The hunters were described as "experienced" and between 25 and 28 years old by Glenn Marlin, a local cabin owner. Marlin described, on Facebook, how he aided in the injured hunter's evacuation. He said the victim was lucky that trained medical experts were nearby.

"I met the injured hunter on the trail and he was operating on pure adrenaline," Marlin wrote on his personal account. "By the time we get to my cabin and off his wheeler, the pain kicked in. Luckily there was also a nurse and EMT [at another] cabin who met up with us."

He said the victim's cabin and landing pad were approximately two miles away. The bear's remains and the hunter's rifle were recovered on Sunday. "Big reality check for me," Marlin wrote, posting several images of the deceased animal, including of its teeth and claws.

The fate of the killed bear's cubs was not immediately clear.

Marlin's partner Samantha gave her own account of the events on social media, noting how "all hell broke loose" as the news of the bear attack spread among cabin owners.

"Thank God a nurse and first responder [were] in the group!" she recounted on Facebook. "Long story short, major head wound, right chest, left chest, right knee and left ankle. His buddy shot the bear off him (talk about a life saver). He's on his way to providence via life flight!"

Whew! What a night! Got to the cabin, unloaded and all hell broke loose! Fellow cabin owner up here went flying by...

Posted by Samantha Larsen Marlin on Friday, September 6, 2019

Brown bears, also known as grizzly bears, are found in the majority of Alaska's forests, according to the state's Department of Fish and Game (ADFG).

It advises: "Give female bears extra space. Female bears are especially fierce defenders of their young and may respond aggressively if they perceive a threat to their cubs." The agency says victims have two choices: play dead or fight back.

"Most brown bear attacks are a defensive response," the ADFG explains in a fact sheet detailing how humans can respond to a close encounter with an aggressive brown bear.

It continues: "Play dead in defensive situations: Hit the ground and lie still if a brown bear you have surprised or any female bear protecting cubs makes contact. Lie flat on your stomach, legs spread apart for stability, with your hands protecting the back of your neck. A defensive bear usually ends its attack if it feels you are not a threat."

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