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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

June 17, 2013 at 6:38 AM

Bear mauls Alaska man who gave it barbecue meat

UPDATE: 10:15 a.m. | ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A black bear mauled a man at a campground in Alaska, but the animal won’t likely threaten other people, the state Department of Fish and Game said.

Spokesman Ken Marsh said the bear was “pretty much goaded” into the attack Saturday near north of Anchorage because the man fed it meat from a church barbecue, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

The man could be charged with illegally feeding wildlife, according to Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen. He had been drinking and went for a bike ride, taking some of the food along, she said. The man came across the bear and threw it a piece of meat. He then offered the bear another piece.

“That’s when it kind of went ballistic,” Ipsen said.

Park rangers later found the bloodied man washing himself off at the campground, Marsh said.

“He wasn’t terribly coherent,” he said. “He was unsure of where the attack actually happened.”

The man was treated for punctures wounds and scratches at an Anchorage hospital. His name was not immediately released.

| More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: Alaska man, barbecue meat, bear


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