Alaska man on land survey in woods mauled, injured by brown bear

The Gulkana River is a 60 mile tributary of the Copper River, a designated Wild and Scenic River on traditional Ahtna land. (Angela Vermillion)

An Alaska man conducting a land survey in a wooded area was mauled by a bear but survived the attack and is being treated for his injuries at a hospital, authorities said.

Authorities believe a brown bear mauled the 61-year-old man near the small community of Gulkana but could not find the bear after the attack, Alaska State Troopers said in a statement.

Troopers were notified of the mauling around 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, near milepost 117 on the Richardson Highway.

They, along with other rescue workers, located the man and took him to a nearby road, where he was eventually flown to an Anchorage hospital for treatment.

Authorities did not describe the man’s injuries or condition and did not identify him but said he is from the tiny Alaska community of Chitna.

Gulkana is about 190 miles northeast of Anchorage

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