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Monday, July 25, 2011

Teenagers badly mauled by grizzly bear as they hiked in Alaskan wilderness - 25th July 2011

A grizzly bear that was with her cub attacked several teens participating in a survival skills course in remote wilderness in Alaska, badly mauling two in the group, state troopers said Sunday.

The teens were among seven students participating in a 30-day back country course by the National Outdoor Leadership School when the attack occurred Saturday night in the Talkeetna Mountains north of Anchorage. They were rescued early Sunday.

The teens told troopers the attack occurred as they were lined up in front of each other for a river crossing.

Those in the back of the line heard a scream about the presence of a bear, with the two at the front of the line taking the brunt of the attack, trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters said.

Another group of seven students and three instructors was waiting about six miles away for a helicopter hired by the Lander, Wyoming-based NOLS, said Bruce Palmer, a spokesman for the organisation, which leads many such excursions in Alaska and elsewhere.

Mr Palmer said the worst injured with bear bite wounds are 17-year-old Joshua Berg of New City, New York, and 17-year-old Samuel Gottsegen of Denver.

They were being treated at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.

Hospital spokeswoman Crystal Bailey said both are listed in serious condition.

Two others were also injured, Palmer said. Read More