Bear in Alaska Mauling Will Not Be Sought

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Alaska authorities say there are no
plans to hunt down a grizzly that mauled four teenagers hiking in
the wilderness over the weekend.

State Department of Fish and Game biologist Tim Peltier says the
decision was made given the remoteness of the location and the
likelihood that the bear was a mother protecting a cub.

The injured teens were among a group of seven outdoor survival
students who encountered the bear Saturday night as they lined up
single-file to cross a river in the Talkeetna Mountains north of
Anchorage. They were rescued early Sunday.

One of the injured teens, 17-year-old Sam Gottsegen of Denver,
says no one ever saw a cub.

The teens were participating in a 30-day backcountry course
conducted by the National Outdoor Leadership School.

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