Search continues for hiker after she reported being charged by bears along the Pioneer Ridge Trail
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - The search continues Wednesday for a hiker in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough after she reported encountering bears along the Pioneer Ridge Trail early Tuesday morning.
According to an online Alaska State Troopers dispatch, members from the Alaska Mountain Rescue Group and MAT+SAR Search & Rescue conducted ground searches until late Tuesday night.
In the original dispatch, the troopers got the report around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday that the woman had contacted her husband asking for help. According to the dispatch report, the woman told her husband she had been charged by multiple bears and was discharging bear spray.
The hiker stopped responding to phone calls and texts shortly after her request for help, troopers wrote.
Troopers conducted “a hasty search of the first section of the trail” starting at the trailhead, with no results, they said. The Alaska Rescue Coordination Center was also contacted to perform a search from the air and conducted multiple flyovers of the trail and immediate surrounding area throughout the day Tuesday.
Additionally, volunteers from the Alaska Mountain Rescue Group and MAT+SAR Search & Rescue have been searching from the ground using K9s.
Troopers wrote that search efforts are ongoing.
This is a developing story that will be updated as information becomes available.
Editor’s note: This article has been updated with additional information from the Alaska State Troopers.
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