Hunter mauled by mama grizzly after surprising her and three cubs in Alaska


A hunter was mauled by a grizzly bear in Alaska this week after approaching her and her three cubs — leaving him with serious puncture wounds on his arms, wildlife officials said.

Nicholas Kuperus, of Michigan, was able to escape what could have been a lethal attack Tuesday after using bear spray, Alaska Wildlife Troopers said in a statement.

Kuperus, 33, had stumbled on the mama bear and her cubs while hunting with other people about 60 miles north of Glennallen in the upper East Fork Indian River, the statement said.

The hunters called the troopers for help via a satellite communication device.

Officials flew to a nearby ridgetop in a small state aircraft to rescue Kuperus and transported him to an ambulance in Glennallen.

Just a few days earlier, a hunter was attacked by an adult brown bear he mistakenly believed he had shot and killed, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

Mother brown bear protecting her three little cubs.
Nicholas Kuperus surprised the mother bear and her three subs (not pictured), officials said.
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The man approached what he thought was his kill near Anchorage when the bear charged. His hunting party shot at the animal until it stopped its attack.

The man was taken to a hospital. It is unclear if the bear survived.

Earlier this year, a US Army member died after he was mauled by a bear while training near the Anchorage Regional Landfill, some 200 miles from where Kuperus was attacked.



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