Two trappers from the Anchorage area were mauled by a brown bear in a remote area of the Kenai Peninsula over the weekend, with one man sustaining severe injuries.
The mauling happened Saturday afternoon in the Sterling area, said Alaska Department of Fish and Game wildlife technician Larry Lewis Tuesday.
The two men were setting coyote snares in an undeveloped, wooded area near mile 42 of the Kenai River, in the vicinity of a spot known to fishermen as “Torpedo Hole.”
They were separated but in shouting distance when one man heard roaring and growling.
“Then he heard his buddy yelling,” Lewis said.
He ran to assist and saw the bear on top of his friend.
The man yelled at the bear, which then turned its attentions to him.
“He instinctively ran,” Lewis said.
As he rolled into the fetal position, the bear swatted him and tore at his clothes, but then left him to again maul the first man, Lewis said.
By the time the bear left the first man, identified as a 46-year-old from the Anchorage area, he had been bitten twice — once on the head and once on the lower body, said Central Emergency Services spokesman Brad Nelson.
The second man, who Lewis said was left with bruises and torn clothes, was able to get his friend onto their boat .
The men met with medics at a boat launch near the Kenai Keys subdivision.