US Coast Guard rescues skier mauled by bear on mountain

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A skier was mauled by a bear in Alaska’s backcountry before a dramatic Coast Guard rescue over the weekend, officials said.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter airlifted the man out of danger after he suffered injuries to his head and hands when a bear attacked him on a mountain northwest of Haines on Saturday, the US Coast Guard said in a statement.

The man was flown to Juneau where he received medical attention. The victim remains in stable condition in Anchorage, Alaska State Troopers said

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Two other skiers escaped the area without injuries, officials said.

The group unknowingly entered a den where a bear and its cubs had been living. The bear came out and attacked the skier in self-defense, according to state troopers.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the Alaska Wildlife Troopers are investigating the incident.

A brown bear
A skier was mauled by a bear in Alaska’s backcountry before a dramatic Coast Guard rescue.
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