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Grizzly mauls hiker on Eagle River trail

Alaska Dispatch

A bear believed to be a grizzly sow with two cubs mauled a man hiking with his dog along a trail some 2 miles from Eagle River Nature Center on Sunday afternoon.

Anchorage police Sgt. Cameron Hokenson responded after the hiker called 911. The hiker was about 200 yards away from Eagle River Road after walking a distance toward it when Hokenson found him about 2:45 p.m.

The hiker used a self-made tourniquet to stem his bleeding. His injuries, which included lacerations to his back and both legs, did not appear to be life threatening. He was taken to an Anchorage hospital.

“He could be there a little while,” Hokenson said Sunday evening.  “He had a pretty deep gash wound in one of his legs. But he was really impressive.  He called 911, and he really kept it together. As far as I know, he never lost consciousness and managed to walk his way toward to road.”

“We went up and found him pretty quickly,” Hokenson added.  “He said it was a brown bear.”