Bear mauls woman in national park

Posted: Friday, August 29, 2008

ANCHORAGE - The National Park Service has closed part of Gates of the Arctic National Park in response to a bear mauling.

A woman was attacked at her camp site in the Okokmilaga River drainage. The park service said her injuries were not life-threatening.

Gates of the Arctic covers 13,238 square miles - about the size of Switzerland - and consists mostly of portions of the Brooks Range.

The area closed Thursday is west of Anaktuvuk Pass.

Park Service officials said the bear probably was a grizzly.

The woman was part of a group of seven hikers. Park service officials could not confirm her name or hometown.

The Okokmilaga drainage is sparsely used and the closure is not expected to displace other visitors.





Trending this week:


 
 

Juneau Empire © 2015. All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy / About Our Ads