Moose Hunter Killed By Grizzly Bear In Alaska

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Condolences, be careful while hunting guys.


A hunter was attacked and killed by a grizzly bear in an Alaska state park – a first in the nature preserve, officials announced.
The victim was in Alaska’s Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve during a 10-day moose hunting trip on Sunday when the bear attacked, the U.S. National Park Service (NPS) announced Tuesday.
The hunter, whose name, age and gender were not immediately released, was in the area of the Chisana River drainage with a friend at the time.
The NPS called it “the first known bear mauling fatality recorded in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve since the park was established in 1980.”

Officials urged hunters and park-goers to beware of bears and take necessary precautions.
 

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An Ohio man who was killed by a grizzly bear in an Alaska national park was alone at the time because his hunting partner had gone back to camp to take meat from a moose they had killed, a park official said.

Austin Pfeiffer, 22, was killed Sunday by a grizzly bear in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve in what the park called a "surprise attack."


It was the first known fatal bear attack since the national park and preserve was established in 1980. The park covers more than 13 million acres in the eastern part of the state, next to the Yukon in Canada.

Park spokeswoman Jan Maslen said Pfeiffer and his hunting partner killed a moose Saturday evening, and they went back to salvage the meat Sunday.

The pair decided to divide their efforts as they were taking meat from the moose back to camp, and the partner had gone back to camp with one load while Pfeiffer stayed behind to prepare another, Maslen said.

The partner was coming back to the kill site and was charged by a bear. He shot at the bear, and it flinched as though it was struck and then ran off, Maslen said. The partner then found Pfeiffer dead at the site of the moose kill.
 
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