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Hunter mauled by grizzly


A Rhode Island man on a guided hunt was attached by a grizzly bear on Sept. 9 about 50 miles west of McGrath, according to state troopers. John Matson while hunting near Beaver Mountain, shot the grizzly which ran away, and Matson set of to find it. While Matson was in high brush the bear attacked him. The bear was shot several more times and again ran away.

Members of the hunting party were able tend to Matson’s injuries while awaiting a rescue team.

Due to weather, the Air Force rescue helicopter was unable to reach the victim until the next day, when he was taken to Anchorage for treatment.


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