The father of a Rhode Island man who was mauled by a grizzly bear in Alaska said it’s a miracle that his son is alive after suffering bites to his head and leg.
John O. Matson Jr. of Charlestown, R.I., was listed in fair condition Wednesday at an Anchorage hospital.
Matson was attacked by the bear Monday during a guided bear hunt near Beaver Mountain, about 40 miles southwest of the interior town of McGrath. Bad weather prevented rescuers from quickly reaching Matson’s party of three. Matson was finally rescued from the remote spot on Tuesday.
Matson shot at the bear and saw it roll into bushes, then it ran off into heavier brush.
The hunters waited about 90 minutes, then went in after the bear. That’s where Matson was attacked. The two others were a short distance away, and the guide heard Matson scream and fire his weapon.
The grizzly ran off after Matson’s friends fired shots at the animal. The three men then headed back to their camp about a mile away.