Grizzly attacks woman on Admiralty Island

Posted: Sunday, August 10, 2008

A Juneau woman was attacked by a grizzly bear on Admiralty Island on Thursday morning, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Mary Hausler, 53, was treated and released Thursday from Bartlett Regional Hospital with six stitches in her rib cage and six stitches to her left leg, troopers said.

A statement by the troopers has the following account of what happened:

Hausler was walking with a companion who was deer hunting around 6 a.m. near Stink Creek on Admiralty Island when she encountered the bear.

Hausler was walking ahead of her companion in thick berry bushes when she heard the bear "making huffing sounds."

She yelled at the bear, and when it came into view she dropped to the ground into fetal position.

The bear attacked Hausler and deeply punctured her rib cage and left leg.

Hausler's companion yelled at the bear. When it came toward him, he shot at the bear with a 7mm rifle. The bear retreated through the berry bushes.

It's unclear if Hausler's companion hit the bear; there was no obvious blood trail, the statement said.

Hausler walked to a nearby skiff and went to the hospital.

Hausler is listed on the Juneau School District's Web site as a 7th and 8th grade math and science teacher at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.

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