A 9-year-old in the state of Alaska was mauled by a grizzly bear.
The tragedy took place in the town of Palmer while a young boy and an older man assumed to be the boy’s father were hunting for moose.
As they were hunting they came across a Grizzly Bear with its cub and before they were able to get away the Grizzly Bear attacked the 9-year-old boy and started to maul him.
The 41-year-old that was with the boy unloaded his gun and killed the bear.
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As of right now the boy is receiving emergency medical attention at a local hospital but is expected to survive.
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ADN had more details:
A 9-year-old boy was seriously injured when a bear attacked him Tuesday night near Palmer, Alaska State Troopers said.
The boy had been hunting for moose with a family member in the Palmer Hay Flats area off the Glenn Highway at Matanuska Townsite Road when they came upon a brown bear with a cub, officials said. The older bear mauled the boy, and the 41-year-old man he was with shot and killed the animal during the attack, according to troopers.
The man and boy are related, said troopers spokesman Austin McDaniel. Troopers did not specify their names or relationship.
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In a separate incident that occurred in Alaska, another person was attacked this time it was a 33-year-old from Michigan.
Focus On Wild Life had these details to add:
A Michigan man nearly met his maker while he was hunting for moose in Alaska, after he and a group of hunters unknowingly stumbled upon a grizzly bear and her cubs.
Nicholas Kuperus, 33, was hunting in northern Alaska, approximately 300 miles north of Anchorage, when he and his group accidentally came across the path of the mother bear and her three young cubs on 6 September.
In an interview Memphis Live, the man’s uncle described how the interaction very quickly escalated, with the mother bear shifting into attack mode and lunging at the 33-year-old hunter.
“She was coming at him and he put his arm out,” said the man’s uncle, Mark Kuperus.
The man then attempted to shield himself from the defensive mother bear, sticking his arms out as a barrier against its teeth, leaving what the Alaska Wildlife Troopers described as “serious puncture wounds” to both of his outstretched limbs.
What ultimately stopped the attack, and likely saved Mr Kuperus’s life, was the bear spray he had tucked away, which he somehow managed to pull out despite the bear latching onto his body.
After deploying the non-lethal deterrent, two of his fellow hunters were able to further scare off the bear into the woods after firing off warning shots with their handguns.
In the United States, 11 people die each year from bear attacks which is more than fatal shark attacks.