Alaska Man Mauled by Brown Bear, Responds with .44 Magnum

An unidentified Alaska man shot and killed a brown bear sow Thursday after the animal mauled him.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game assistant area wildlife biologist Dave Battle stated that the Eagle River man and his unleashed dogs were walking on a dirt road off of Hiland Road. The dogs disappeared into the woods, then came running back to their owner with a grizzly right behind them. The 200-pound sow attacked the man, and he responded with three shots from his .44 Magnum.

"The last time, I think, he got it through the lung," Battle told the Alaska Dispatch News. "It ran back into the alders and he could hear it wheezing."

The man's wife drove him to the hospital where he was treated for injuries. Battle said that the sow was small for a brown bear and that she was lactating. No cubs have been found.

This marks the area's second brown bear attack in less than a week and the fourth outside of Anchorage in the past two months. A National Guard soldier on a training mission was attacked by a brown bear on Sunday. That attack was short lived and both bear and man were left relatively unscathed.