72-year-old man attacked by bear on trail near Skilak Lake

Morning FastCast Nov. 16, 2023
Published: Nov. 16, 2023 at 2:47 PM AKST|Updated: Nov. 16, 2023 at 7:59 PM AKST
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - A person was attacked by a bear along a trail on the Kenai Peninsula on Thursday morning, according to Alaska State Troopers.

The attack was reported on Hidden Creek Trail near Skilak Lake around 11:45 a.m. Troopers say a 72-year-old man was attacked by a brown bear after inadvertently coming between the sow and her cub. A companion of the man was uninjured in the attack.

The man was medevaced to a local hospital for treatment of his non-lifethreatening injuries and is in stable condition.

Wildlife troopers responded to the site of the attack and were assisted by Central Emergency Services and a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officer.

Troopers will continue to investigate the incident.

This is a developing story.