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Location: Cooper Landing
Type: Bear Attack

Dispatch Text:

On June 27, 2021, at approximately 1938 hours, Alaska Wildlife Troopers in Soldotna were notified of a bear attack in Cooper Landing. Wildlife Troopers responded to the scene. Based on a preliminary investigation, an adult male was hiking on the Kenai River Trail with a dog when we encountered a sow brown bear and two cubs. The adult male’s dog chased the bear which caused the sow to charge the hiker. The hiker reported that he was bitten on the arm by the bear and he then entered the Kenai River. The bear followed him into the river and bit him once more on the shoulder. The bear then retreated from the area, and the hiker returned to his vehicle where he contacted emergency services. EMS transported the hiker to a Kenai Peninsula area hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The bear has not been located by law enforcement. The hiker did have bear spray but was unable to deploy it. The hiker’s dog, a 13-month-old border collie is still missing, if anyone encounters a loose border collie in the area please call Alaska Wildlife Troopers at (907) 262-4573. The Kenai River Trail near Skilak Lake has been closed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Posted on 6/28/2021 11:29:40 AM by DPS\ajmcdaniel

Posting Section: AK Wildlife Troopers