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Woman survives Alaska bear mauling

Posted: August 13, 2014 - 1:24pm

ANCHORAGE — Alaska State Troopers say a 57-year-old woman drove herself to a hospital after she was mauled by a brown bear.

Troopers were notified Tuesday afternoon that Thea Thomas of Cordova was attacked by the bear while hiking on Heney Ridge Trail in the Cordova area.

Salmon were actively spawning in a nearby stream as Thomas hiked with two dogs. The dogs ran off, then returned shortly with the bear running after them.

Troopers say the bear noticed Thomas and attacked her multiple times. The dogs took off again.

After the attack, Thomas walked 1 ½ miles back to her truck. She found one of the dogs while walking back and the other dog was waiting at her vehicle.

Troopers say the trail is now closed for a week.

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