Bear Mauling Victim Recounts Attack

A man who was recently mauled by a grizzly bear northwest of Anaktuvuk Pass says years of guiding in the area had dulled him to the risks of working in bear country.

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by Associated Press

ANCHORAGE- A man who was recently mauled by a grizzly bear northwest of Anaktuvuk Pass says years of guiding in the area had dulled him to the risks of working in bear country.
Jim Tuttle says he and the hunters he guided often spotted the bear, but it had not been aggressive toward them until two weeks ago. That's when Tuttle was walking along a creek and saw the bear, nicknamed Buddy, charging.
While Tuttle says the attack lasted less than 15 seconds, his injuries were severe, with a tourniquet needed to stop the bleeding from his left arm. He remembers spitting out broken teeth. His cheekbone was cracked.
He was eventually rescued by a National Guard helicopter and is now recovering at his Anchorage home.