After an Alaskan hunter was mauled by a brown bear, another bear put him and his companion at further risk. Both bears were killed.
Sitka, Alaska resident, Michael Snowden, was deer hunting with his friend near Sally Island in Uganik Bay when he was attacked and mauled by a brown bear. His hunting partner was able to shoot the bear and then notify the authorities while tending to Snowden.
While waiting for rescuers, another bear appeared and that bear was also shot and killed. The U.S. Coast Guard responded to the area with an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter in order to medivac Snowden to Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center. Snowden was reported to have serious injuries, primarily to his legs.
The U.S. Coast Guard was notified at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The Alaska State Troopers were subsequently notified and responded to conduct an investigation. Alaskan Wildlife Troopers determined Snowden and his partner came upon a family of brown bears that consisted of a sow and two large cubs.
Snowden is expected to recover. So far, no charges were filed against his hunting partner related to the killing of the brown bears.