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Anchorage Police Department
Thursday June 15th, 2017 :: 03:54 p.m. AKDT

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CORRECTION: Update on yesterday's bear attack in Eagle River

CORRECTION - UPDATE:
Initial information received from yesterday's bear attack scene was that all four hikers were juveniles.  It has now been confirmed there was one juvenile in the group and three young adults.  The juvenile and two of the adults were transported for non-life threatening injuries. Further information regarding the victims will not be released.

ORIGINAL:
At 12:10 PM on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, Anchorage Police and Fire responded to the Eagle River Campground reference several people who had been hurt by a bear.  It has been determined that four juveniles were hiking together in the woods in the area of the campground when three were injured by a grizzly with two cubs.  After the attack the group became separated as some went looking for help.  Over a dozen officers responded; it took approximately 30 minutes, after the initial call to Dispatch, for all four hikers to be located.  All three wounded were transported to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

While officers were searching for the hikers, they were charged by the brown bear.  Officers fired shots at the bear and the bear ran off into the woods.  The bear’s status is unknown at this time.  There are currently several groups of officers in the woods looking for her. 

Area residents are asked to use an abundance of caution as both moose and bears have new babies this time of year.

APD Case 17-23501
 

Address/Location
Anchorage Police Department
716 W 4th Ave
Anchorage, AK 99501

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 907-786-8900

Renee Oistad
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[email protected]
907-786-8686

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