25 Aug Indiana man survives scary encounter in Alaska park
An Indiana man is in stable condition after officials say he survived a bear attack while hiking in the Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska.
The 55-year-old man was hiking alone through dense fog Monday, according to a news release from park officials. He told officials a grizzly bear with young cubs came out of bushes approximately 100 feet away and charged him. After the bear knocked him down, the man was able to deploy bear spray.
The man, who was later treated for puncture wounds to his calf, ribs and shoulder, was able to walk 1.5 miles to a visitor center to get help. People identified by officials as “medical personnel who were vacationing in the park” administered first aid while waiting on an ambulance. The injured hiker was taken to an area hospital where he remained as of Tuesday morning in stable condition.
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Officials said female bears with cubs “are naturally defensive of their young, specially when surprised.” There are no plans to locate the bear.
The news release did not detail where in Indiana the man resides.
Contact IndyStar reporter Elizabeth DePompei at 317-444-6196 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter: @edepompei.
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