A brown bear killed a 44-year-old hiker deep in the South Fork Eagle River Valley and mauled a member of a search party looking for him on Wednesday, Anchorage police said.
Michael Soltis’ body was found in the same area near the end of Hiland Road — a winding, 9-mile-long route into the South Fork Eagle River Valley — where a brown bear also attacked a man searching for the missing Eagle River civil engineer Wednesday morning.
“It appears the brown bear was protecting the body when it attacked a member of the search party,” APD said.
Christopher Kirk of Eagle River won a pair of extreme races this month, with he and Annie Connely of Chugiak taking the under-19 titles at the 50K Rut Race in Montana.
Kirk won the Alyeska Climbathon on Sept. 10 and the 50K Rut Race in Montana on Sept. 4.
The Alyeska Climbathon is a multi-lap, all day event held on the North Face Trail at Alyeska Ski Resort. Climbers run/speed hike/walk up the approximately 2.2 mile hiking trail ascending 2,000 vertical feet from the Hotel Alyeska To the top terminal of the Alyeska Aerial Tram.
Chugiak’s run at defending its Amercian Legion state title ended at the hands of the Service Cougars last Thursday in a 5-4 defeat.
The Post 33 Mustangs held a 3-0 lead after the first frame, but Cougar relief pitcher Raliegh Pigg allowed a total of three hits over eight innings of work to keep the Post 28 team alive in the tournament. Service eventually took runner-up to Kenai Post 20 in the title game.
Chugiak Post 33 went 2-2 at the BP Invitational July 7-10 hosted at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.
On the first day of action last Thursday, Chugiak took down South Post 4 by a score of 4-3 with RBI from first baseman Sam Hanson, designated hitter Jimmy Lanier and catcher Jack Straub. Third baseman Zachary Bohrer went 3 for 3 and scored two runs in the victory.
On Friday, Post 33 lost to Hawaii Post 11 by 3-2 after it wasn’t able to get the final tying run after coming within one in the top of the seventh. Bohrer had an RBI for one of only five Post 33 hits on the day.