9-year-old boy seriously injured in bear attack while hunting in Alaska: Troopers

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Two people, including a 9-year-old boy, were injured in a bear attack while hunting in Alaska, authorities said.

The child suffered serious injuries, while a man suffered minor injuries, Alaska State Troopers said.

The incident happened Tuesday around 6:30 p.m. local time near Palmer, which is about 65 miles northeast of Anchorage, police said.

A brown bear fishes for salmon at Brooks Falls, September 16, 2018 in Katmai National Park, Alaska.

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The pair, who are related, were hunting elk in the Palmer Hay Flats area, a wildlife refuge, Alaska State Troopers spokesman Austin McDaniel told ABC News. Troopers did not specify their relationship.

They encountered a brown bear, which then mauled the child, troopers said. The man shot and killed the bear during the attack, the police said.

Troopers and EMS responding to the scene after reports of a bear attack found the two victims, who were taken to a Matanuska-Susitna Valley area hospital, troopers said.

McDaniel said the last report he received listed the child in “fair condition.”

The brown bear was with a cub at the time of the attack. Alaska Wildlife Troopers and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game were unable to locate a juvenile in the area after ground and air searches, McDaniel said.

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