Grizzly Severely Mauls Alaska Bear Hunter
May 17, 2011
ANCHORAGE, Alaska, May 16 (Reuters) - An Alaska bear hunter who was
severely mauled by a grizzly over the weekend has been flown to Seattle in
critical condition, authorities said on Monday.
Nome resident Wes Perkins, 54, was listed in critical condition and in
intensive care at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, a spokeswoman for
the hospital said.
It was Alaska's first bear attack of 2011, officials with the state
Department of Fish and Game said.
"As far as I know, this is the first significant incident of the year,"
said Gordy Williams, special assistant with the department.
Perkins, a former Nome fire chief, was attacked on Sunday by a large bear
that he and two companions were tracking by snowmobile in a hilly area
outside of Nome, the Alaska State Troopers said.
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