Alaska State Troopers say a moose hunter from Haines is recovering from a bear attack that happened Thursday along the Chilkat River.

According to an online dispatch, 21-year-old Casey Bradford and his 55-year-old father Scott Bradford, both from Haines, were returning from a moose hunt about 8 p.m. when the attack happened about a mile above the Haines Highway.

Casey and Scott were returning to their boat when a brown bear came out of the brush and attacked Casey from behind.

Scott shot his rifle over the bear. 

"Scott reported the bear released his son, running back into the brush and he attempted to shoot the bear as it left the area," the dispatch states.

The Bradfords made it back to their vehicle and drove Casey to medical treatment. His injuries are not life-threatening.

"It is not known if the bear was struck when shot at or what motivated the attack," troopers wrote.

The bear's location is also unknown.

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