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Bear Season Bear Safety
On Sunday, the former chief of Nome's volunteer fire department was mauled by a bear. He was hunting with two other men outside of the village, and unfortunately a very large bear attacked Perkins while he was on his snow machine. Perkins remains in critical condition at a Seattle hospital (5/17).
This accident is extremely unfortunate, and my thoughts go out to his family and friends while they pray for his quick recovery and his well being.
I spoke with a Fish and Game official yesterday (5/16) responsible for unite 22c, the area in which the group was hunting. Peter Felding said about 30 bears have been killed in the area, and said the number is on par with last years numbers. Felding also told me bears are very aggressive this time of year, boars and sows are looking for food and looking to protect their cubs. He used the analogy, "lean and mean."
I feel encountering wildlife in Alaska is inevitable, however, bears shouldn't deter anyone from getting outside the summer. Unless you are hunting for them, there's is a small percentage that you will run into one while hiking or exploring. Be sure to have your bear spray, horn, or gun if you plan on going out with a group or especially alone.
My advice would be to use your best judgement and be aware when outside this summer Alaska!!!
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