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Brown Bear Mauls Texas Moose Hunter in Alaska


While moose hunting in Alaska, a Texas man was mauled by a brown bear accompanied by its two cubs.

Gregory Joseph Matthews, 47, of Plano, Texas, was moose hunting last week in Kenai National Wildlife Refuge with his brother when a bear with two cubs attacked him.

The two hunters were about 40-yards apart when Matthews was attacked. He recalled going to his brother after the attack. When the bear turned toward them, he shot the animal twice with his 300 Winchester Magnum rifle.

Nearby fisherman were able to notify Alaska State Troopers and Matthews was flown to Central Peninsula Hospital in nearby Soldotna. Though his injuries were serious, he is expected to survive.

“Alaska is bear country,” said Andy Loranger, refuge manager. “The Kenai Peninsula is certainly bear country.”

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

This time of year, salmon are spawning and passing through nearby waterways, which attracts bears to the area. On the Kenai Peninsula, this was the third attack in recent weeks. Fortunately, none of the incidents have been fatal.

Officials with Fish and Game and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service were looking for the bear, but given the heavily wooded terrain, they know the search will be difficult.

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Brown Bear Mauls Texas Moose Hunter in Alaska