9-Year-Old Boy In Serious Condition After Bear Attack

A 9-year-old boy was severely injured by a brown bear while hunting north of Anchorage, Alaska State Troopers said Wednesday.

The bear attacked two people — a 41-year-old male and a 9-year-old boy — near mile 36 of the Glenn Highway, at the end of Matanuska Townsite Road on Tuesday, according to authorities.

The pair came across a brown bear sow and her cub while hunting in the Palmer Hay Flats area. The bear mauled the boy, leaving him with serious injuries. The man who was with the child was armed and shot and killed the brown bear during the attack.

Both hunters were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Troopers say the two are related, but they have not specified how. Troopers also did not immediately release the name of the boy or his current condition.

Troopers and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are expected to be back in the area Wednesday to continue their investigation and will perform a necropsy on the bear's remains on Wednesday afternoon.

Residents previously reported several encounters with a bear that has destroyed their chicken coops. Troopers are looking into whether this is the same bear that killed dozens of chickens and turkeys.

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