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On February 6, 2021 at approximately 1305 hrs, Alaska Wildlife Troopers were notified of a bear mauling near Chilkoot Lake approximately 10 miles Northwest of Haines. An investigation revealed a party of three had been hiking up the mountain to ski down at the time of the encounter. The group unknowingly happened upon a den containing a brown bear sow and an unknown number of cubs. The sow reportedly exited the den in a defensive manner and attacked one of the members who subsequently rolled down the hill during the attack. The sow disengaged from the attack and left the area. Due to the injuries sustained the victim was unable to walk out of the area. The party used an inReach device to notify Troopers of the incident.
The group was located at an approximate elevation of 1,600 ft and due to the steep terrain and remote area the US Coast Guard was requested to respond. USCG deployed a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Sitka which hoisted the victim and transported him for medical treatment. The other two members of the group were able to self-rescue. The victim remains in stable condition in Anchorage.
Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologists and the Alaska Wildlife Troopers are investigating the encounter.
Posted on 2/8/2021 1:04:45 PM by DPS\ajmcdaniel