UPDATE: Man killed in bear attack in Hope identified by Troopers
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Alaska State Troopers say around 10:07 p.m. Wednesday they were informed of a deadly bear mauling in the Hope area of the Chugach National Forest. On Monday, Troopers identified the victim of the bear attack as 46-year-old Daniel Schilling of Hope.
AST says Schilling was clearing a trail about 1 mile behind his property which is located off mile 8 of the Hope Highway. After some time, Schilling’s wife grew concerned when he didn’t return home and their dog, which had been with him, returned home alone.
“The body was located by family and friends in the area he had been working, deceased with wounds consistent with a bear attack,” troopers wrote in an online dispatch.
Cyndi Wardlow with Alaska Department of Fish and Game said the department is collecting evidence about the mauling. Wardlow says they believe the bear was a brown bear and that if they find the bear, they will put it down.
Fish and Game and the United States Forest Service responded to the scene and a recovery was made just after 1 a.m.
A friend of the victim and a member of the search party told Channel 2 off-camera that the man was an avid, experienced hunter who normally carried a firearm, but it is not clear if he was armed at the time of the attack.
Jack Thomas, another community member in Hope/Sunrise, said bear encounters are always a risk in the area. “Just realize that that same fishing hole you’ve been going to for 20 years... there might be a bear there that sneaks up on you,” Thomas said.
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