Wednesday 26 October 2016

Soldier mauled by bear in Alaska

Published 21/07/2014 | 16:44

The female brown bear was defending her cubs
The female brown bear was defending her cubs

US officials say a National Guard soldier was mauled by a bear while participating in a training exercise at a military base in Alaska.

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The Alaska Dispatch News reported that the female brown bear was defending her cubs when it mauled the Alaska Army National Guard soldier on Sunday morning at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

The soldier's name has not been released. The soldier was listed as in a "stable" condition on Sunday afternoon.

Base officials say the soldier was participating in a navigation exercise that involves giving soldiers compasses and maps and timing them as they make their way alone to locations on the course.

Sunday's attack was the second mauling at the base in about two months. Jessica Gamboa, a soldier's wife, was badly mauled May 18 as she jogged on a trail.

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