Alaska man escapes death, kills mauling bear

File photo of a brown bear (MGN)
File photo of a brown bear (MGN)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Alaska wildlife officials say a man fatally shot a bear as it was attacking him.

KTUU reports the Eagle River man was walking along a private road near his home when his dogs took off before running back with the female brown bear and a cub on their heels.

The bear bit the man’s arm and hand, but he drew his gun and fired three rounds.

Chugach State Park Ranger Tom Crockett says the man’s injuries were minor. He was driven to a hospital by his wife.

The mauling is the second this week in the area.

An Alaska Army National Guard soldier suffered non-life-threatening injuries Sunday when he was attacked by a bear while participating in a training exercise at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

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Information from: KTUU-TV, http://www.ktuu.com

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