Brown bear attacks ER man

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 11:31
Mauling is the third in Eagle River this summer
A sign warns hikers to stay away from a trail near the Eagle River Campground in June following a bear attack there. On July 22, a 50-year-old Eagle River man became the third person to be mauled by a bear in the Eagle River Valley this summer.

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

Bob Eder, 50, was hiking about an hour off of Mariah Drive when he encountered a grizzly with three cubs, said Lt. Dave Parker, spokesman for the Anchorage Police Department. Eder’s family said 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.

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 a 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 after the attack and remained there as of Tuesday afternoon in critical condition.

Parker said the bear ran off after the encounter 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.

The mauling is the third this summer in Eagle River. The first incident, in May, also happend in the vicinity of Mariah Drive, while the second was near the Eagle River Campground in June. All of the previous victims survived the attacks.

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