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An soldier of the army of EUnited States died after being attacked by a bear in Alaska.
The official was attacked by the bear during a training exercise at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage 10th May.
They were training with a small group at the time of the attack.
The victim has not been identifiedas officials must first contact the soldier’s relatives.
Authorities say the bear is still on the loose and being chased by other soldiers, KTUU reported.
The species of the bear remains unknown.
About 100,000 black bears live in Alaska, and the state is home to at least 40,000 grizzly bears.
The attack took place in Area 412 and that area will remain closed to the public.
Officials will release more information when it becomes available.
In October 2021, a cyclist was bitten by a 500-pound bear while riding his bike in Cantwell.
Alaska Department of Public Safety officials said in a statement, “The bear made contact and bit the victim’s lower leg, just below the knee.”
The cyclist was carrying a gun, but did not open fire on the animal.
Last July, Richard Jessee survived a bear attack near his cabin.
He was in his ATV when the bear pounced.
He told Nome Nugget: “The bear came out of nowhere. He rolled my bike and trailer like a toy car.
“I was in shock and hypothermia.”
Jessee managed to take refuge in his log cabin and put a piece of wood on his roof that said SOS.
Days later, he was rescued by Coast Guard officers. At least eight fatal bear attacks were recorded between 2000 and 2017 in the state.
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