An Alaskan man was mauled by a black bear over the weekend after he threw meat at the animal. The man was at the lake, north of Anchorage, for a church picnic, Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen told the Anchorage Daily News.
“He’d been drinking,” she said.
The man, who’s name has been withheld, left the picnic to go for a bike ride. He came across the bear and threw it a pice of meat, which the bear ate. The man threw the bear another piece of meat and then…
“That’s when it kind of went ballistic,” Ipsen said. The bear mauled the man leaving him with a punctured jaw and scratches on his back.
Park rangers later found the bloodied man washing himself off at the campground, said Alaska Department of Fish and Game spokesman Ken Marsh.
“He wasn’t terribly coherent,” he said. “He was unsure of where the attack actually happened.”
The man was treated and released from an Anchorage hospital. He could face charges of illegally feeding wildlife.