US soldier mauled by a bear in Alaska

An american soldier in a military training area in Alaska was mutilated to death by a bear.

The US Army identified the soldier who was maimed Tuesday as Staff Sgt. Seth Michael Plant, 30 years old. Plant was pronounced dead at a hospital at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage.

Bear attack on US soldiers in Alaska

Another soldier suffered minor injuries in a bear attack that occurred in a remote area of ​​the military base that is west of the Anchorage landfill.

A den containing two grizzly bear cubs was discovered near the scene, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. A grizzly bear went to the area after the attack and officers used bear spray to deter it, causing it to leave, the department stated.

The bear protected her cubs

The bear protected her cubs.

Officials collected hair from the attack site that matched that of the grizzly bear seen later. It appeared to be a “defensive attack by a bear protecting her cubs,” said department regional supervisor Cyndi Wardlow.

Game cameras installed as part of the investigation into the attacks showed an adult bear returning to the area, then emerging from its den with her cubs. After the attack the whereabouts of the bear were unknown.

As we have mentioned in AmericanPost.Newsthe department can kill bears that are involved in fatal attacks or considered threats to the public.

Plant, from Saint Augustine, Fla., was stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson beginning in July 2021. He served as an infantryman with the 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment.

He “always had a smile on his face, always went above and beyond what was asked of him, and was an inspiration to all who had the privilege of knowing him,” said Lt. Col. David Nelson of the same regiment.

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