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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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