July 25, 2011
Grizzly Mauls Teens Taking Survival Skills Course in Alaska
By David Maccar
A grizzly with her cub attacked a group of seven teenagers participating in a Alaskan survival skills course over the weekend. Two teens were badly injured in the attack that occurred about 120 miles north of Anchorage. We are working on getting you more details.
From this story on cbsnews.com:
The teens were towards the end of a 30-day backcountry course by the National Outdoor Leadership School when the attack occurred Saturday night about 120 miles north of Anchorage. They were rescued early Sunday.
NOLS spokesman Bruce Palmer says another group of seven students and three instructors has been waiting about six miles away for a helicopter hired by the Lander, Wyo.-based organization.
Palmer says 17-year-old Joshua Berg of New City, N.Y., and 17-year-old Samuel Gottsegen of Denver were the worst injured with bear bite wounds.
KTVA reports that the two are in serious condition at an Anchorage hospital. Teens told troopers that the bear was first spotted around 8:30 p.m. Saturday while crossing a river single file, KTVA reports. Those at the front of the line screamed the news of the approaching bear to those at the back. Troopers said that the two teens at the front of the line received the brunt of the bear attack.