SEWARD - Alaska State Troopers say the backpack a Seward boy was wearing probably saved him from some puncture wounds when he was knocked down by a brown bear.
The 12-year-old was walking to his school bus stop Tuesday morning near Bear Lake when the sow took a swipe at him.
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent Steve Atwater told the Anchorage Daily News the boy covered up and the bear left. The boy was treated at Providence Seward Hospital for minor puncture wounds from the claw.
State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters says the backpack received most of the bear's attention.
Troopers did not immediately locate the bear, but Peters says the Department of Fish and Game agrees it should be killed.