Kake youth escapes black bear sow attack

Posted: Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Kake resident Brandon Berkley, 17, is lucky to be alive after an encounter with a black bear sow Monday morning in Kake.

According to a press release from the state troopers' office, Berkley was walking on the road by the Four Squares church below the high school and saw two cubs but did not see the sow.

"There is a lot of bear activity out there in Kake," said Alaska State Trooper Jeff Landvatter, who has oversight of Kake. "Every time I go down there I always see several bears in the area. We are just happy he did not suffer a major injury and came out okay."

The bear slapped Berkley on his left side. He tried to defend himself and was thrown into the ditch. When he woke up the bear was gone and he walked to the clinic to be checked for injuries.

Berkley suffered no major injuries aside from bumps and bruises, according to Landvatter.

Kake Village Public Safety Officers Scott Jackson and Aaron Loges are notifying members of the community to be on the look out for the sow and cubs and use caution if they are seen. The Alaska State Troopers are also reminding people to use caution in areas where bears or other wildlife might be encountered due to the seemingly unpredictable nature of wild animals.

• Contact Klas Stolpe at klas.stolpe@juneauempire.com.



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