Eagle River man injured in bear attack


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Anchorage police say a 57-year-old Eagle River man was resting at a local hospital Sunday night after a run-in with a brown bear Saturday evening.

According to APD Lt. Dave Parker, Howard Meyer was hiking near his home in the Eagle River Valley when the attack occurred around 6 p.m.

Parker said Meyer came across the adult bear suddenly. When the animal began acting aggressively, Parker said Meyer first tried to hold his ground before turning to run.  

“The thing was on him like that,” Parker said.

Parker said Meyer lives on Mariah Drive, which is off of Prudhoe Bay Ave The mountainside neighborhood overlooking the Eagle River Valley is located about 3.5 miles from the end of Eagle River Road. Meyer suffered wounds to his back and head in the attack. He was able to call police on his cell phone and direct medics to his location. The bear disappeared after the brief encounter.

“It was pretty much a hit-and-run thing, according to him,” Parker said.

Parker said Meyer’s injuries aren’t believed to be life-threatening.

“He should be out of the hospital soon,” he said.

Parker said Meyer’s cell phone allowed medics to reach him quickly.

“We encourage people to stay connected when they’re out and about,” he said.

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