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Bear Attacks Eagle River Man on Morning Hike

June 10, 2012|Rebecca Palsha | Channel 2 News

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An Eagle River man was attacked by a bear Sunday morning, about 7:40, on the Bird Creek trail about three miles from the trailhead.

Alaska State Troopers say 30-year-old Ben Radakovich was hiking by himself, in the morning, when he came across a mother and her cub.

Radakovich had pepper spray with him, but didn’t have time to use it before the bear attacked.

Trooper spokesperson Beth Ipsen says Radakovich has wounds to his to his head, neck and back from biting and scraps.

Ipsen says the attack happened really quickly and Radakovich curled into a ball. Ipsen says Radakovich told them the bear was batting and swatting him.

After the attack he scrambled about 30 feet up a tree where he was able to call troopers.

Radakovich told troopers he could hear the bear grunting and panting near-by.

It took troopers about two hours to get to him. Radakovich was flown by Helo-1 to Providence Hospital. There has been no update on his condition.  

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