Monday, May 20, 2013
Brown Bear With Cub Attacks 7 Teens Near Chulitna
Two teens are in critical condition, with two others seriously injured and another three with minor injuries after being attacked by a brown bear with a cub.
A brown bear with a cub attacked a group of seven teens from the lower 48 late Saturday night near Chulitna, according to Alaska State Troopers. The teens were part of a larger group of teens and instructors participating in an outdoor survival skills and leadership program—they had been in the Alaskan wilderness for about one month.
Teens told troopers that the bear was first spotted around 8:30 p.m. while crossing a river single file. Those at the front of the line screamed the news of the approaching bear to those at the back. Troopers said that the two teens at the front of the line received the brunt of the bear attack.
In the aftermath, the teens set up a tent where they provided first aid to each other and activated their Personal Location Beacon.
About an hour after the initial attack, troopers received the teens’ PLB signal, which directed them to the group’s location at about 34 miles east of mile 143 of the Parks Highway.
A pilot and trooper aboard Helo 1, an emergency helicopter, located the teens at 2:45 a.m. in their tent.
Troopers report that two teens sustained serious life-threatening injuries, another two suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries, and another three suffered minor injuries.
The group members have been identified as:
Joshua Berg, 17, New City, New York
Samuel Gottsegen, 17, Denver, Colorado
Samuel Boas, 16, Westport, Connecticut
Noah Allaine, 16, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Simeon Melman, 17, Huntington, New York
Victor Martin, 18, Richmond, California
Shane Garlock, 16, Pittsford, New York
The group members’ family members have been notified and officials in charge of the National Outdoor Leadership School training center in Palmer are actively involved in the investigation of this accident.
Troopers are surveying the area in an attempt to find the bear and another group of seven students and three NOLS instructors who remain out in the field.
The reason for the attack is still unknown.