A hunter mauled by a brown bear survived more than 36 hours in the Alaskan wilderness until he was rescued by the state’s air national guard.
The man was part of a group on a guided hunting trip about 30 miles north of Anaktuvuk Pass, a tiny Nunamiut Eskimo village in the Gates of the Arctic national park.
Initial rescue efforts by local search teams and state troopers were turned back because of dense fog. The 11th Air Force rescue co-ordination centre learned of the man’s plight on Thursday about 36 hours after the attack, and dispatched a search-and-rescue crew equipped with night-vision goggles and flares.
The man had suffered severe blood loss and other injuries, but a medical professional in a nearby hunting party reached him soon after the attack. Officials credited the medic with saving the man’s life.
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