Brown bear mauls man on Eagle River trail


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A brown bear mauled and seriously injured a hiker on a trail above Eagle River Road on Sunday afternoon.

Bob Eder, 50, was about an hour off of Moriah trail when he encountered a grizzly with three cubs, said Lt. Dave Parker, spokesman for the Anchorage Police Department. He remained in the hospital Tuesday with "severe" injuries.

Eder did not have any puncture wounds, Parker said, but he suffered lacerations to his back, legs and scalp from the bear’s claws.

“He had significant injuries, but they were not life threatening,” Parker said.

However, Eder's family on Tuesday, July 24, said the man's injuries were severe, and that they were asking for privacy while he recovered from his wounds.

"Thank you for the outpouring of support we have received," read the statement issued through a Providence communications specialist. "Bob's injuries are more severe than previously thought. We appreciate your respect for our privacy at this time."

Eder was taken to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage and remained there as of Tuesday afternoon.

Parker said the bear ran off after the attack and Eder — who was hiking with his dog — managed to limp his way down the trail and call 9-1-1 on his cellphone.

Parker said the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has posted signs about the mauling in the area.

 

Contact Mike Nesper at 694-2727 or mike.nesper@alaskastar.com

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