Grizzly Attacks Three Kids in Alaska

EAGLE RIVER, Alaska — Three juveniles were mauled Wednesday after coming across a grizzly bear and her two cubs while they were hiking in a heavily wooded area just north of Alaska’s largest city, in an area were two aggressive bears have already been killed this week.

Anchorage authorities said four young people were hiking in the woods around the Eagle River campground when three of them were injured after running into the bear and two young cubs.

Officers found all four teens and brought them to safety, CBS affiliate KTVA reports. Ambulances were on hand to take them to the hospital for treatment. While officers were searching, the bear again attacked again — charging at the officers.

Police said in a release that the juveniles were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The fourth youth wasn’t injured.

“It’s possible this group just surprised a mother brown bear,” Alaska Department of Fish and Game spokesman Ken Marsh said. “She reacted defensively, pretty much in brown bear fashion.”

When the bear charged at officers, they shot at it, Anchorage police said. The bear took off into the woods, and armed game officers took up the search, Marsh said.

The officers followed specks of blood up a river, but the trail dissipated. Marsh said that indicates whichever bear was shot was not mortally wounded.

The search for the bears was called off after about three hours and would not resume. Instead, he said signs warning people of bear activity in the area would be posted.

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