An Alaskan woman survived a brutal grizzly bear attack on Sunday while jogging on a military base in Anchorage, Alaska.
The woman, who did not want to be identified, was jogging with her soldier husband along a wooded trail on the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson when she was struck by the bear.
With lacerations to her neck, arms and legs, the woman wandered alone across two miles of rough terrain to find help.
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“The survival instinct for that woman is phenomenal,” Mark Sledge, senior conservation law enforcement officer at the base, told the Associated Press. “The trauma that she went through and the walk out was heroic.”
The grizzly bear attack occurred after the couple became separated on the remote jogging trail. The woman was rounding a bend in the trail when she came face to face with a large mother grizzly bear and her two cubs.
Startled, the bear grizzly bear took a swipe at the woman’s face.
“The bear attacked her, defending her babies, seeing her as a threat,” Sledge said.
Base officials don’t know if the bear knocked the woman unconscious, or if she played dead after being struck by the bear.
What they do know is that the woman was able to pick herself up and walk up two miles of rough terrain while covered in blood to the nearest road, where a passing soldier picked her up and took her to the hospital.
Apparently, the woman’s husband had no idea she had been attacked, because he continued on down the jogging trail. After a while, he went back to look for her. Base security officers eventually found him in the woods and took him to the hospital where his wife was being treated.
So how’d a massive grizzly bear get onto a jogging trail on the base?
Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson is a sprawling military facility that covers some 75,000 acres of forested land in Anchorage. Sections of the perimeter aren’t fenced in, so bears, moose and other large animals can freely migrate through.