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Woman walks 3km for help after bear attack

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A brown bear. File picture: Visar Kryeziu

Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska -

A woman attacked by a brown bear on an Alaska military base struggled to walk three kilometres on a windy, uphill path to get help, officials said on Monday.

The woman's efforts to get aid after an approximately 2.5m-tall bear swiped at her were nothing short of heroic, Mark Sledge, base conservation law enforcement officer, said at a news conference.

The woman, who has asked that her identity not be released, suffered lacerations to her neck, arms and legs and was admitted to hospital in stable condition at the Alaska Native Medical Centre, Major Angela Webb told The Associated Press.

Sledge said the woman is lucky to be alive and adds that her will to survive is “just amazing”.

The woman and her soldier husband were jogging late on Sunday morning on the northern part of the base when they became separated. The woman happened upon the bear, which had two cubs with her.

The bear swiped at her once. A passer-by picked up the woman and took her to the base hospital. She was later transferred to the Anchorage facility.

“It was very quick, and she didn't remember much,” Webb said of the attack and what the woman could recall.

Base officials have closed recreational areas around the part of the base where the attack took place, and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson police are asking anyone to come forward if they witnessed the encounter. - Sapa-AP


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