Suffering severe blood loss and other injuries after a bear attack on Wednesday, one hunter managed to survive 36 hours in the barren wilderness of northern Alaska.

According to CNN, the hunter, whose name has not yet been released, was traveling as part of a guided hunting party when he was accosted by a bear 35 miles north of Anaktuvuk Pass. Due to heavy fog, the hunter became separated from his hunting party and was left to fend for himself nearly 300 miles from the nearest adequate medical facility. The Daily Mail reports that local rescue teams and state police attempted to reach the man’s location several times, but were turned back by rough weather.

In a stroke of good luck, the hunter was found by another hunting group that was in the area. Among the hunting party was a trained medical professional, who helped to stem the victim’s blood loss and treated other injuries.

“He was able to decrease the blood loss […] until help could arrive,” said Master Sergeant Armando Soria, a search-and-rescue coordinator with the 11th Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. “He provided expert care with limited resource for several hours, ultimately stabilizing, warming and rehydrating the victim.”

The group was able to keep the man alive until a concerted rescue mission by the Alaska Air National guard was able to retrieve the victim on Friday. The man was then transported to the Air Force Base near Fairbanks, Alaska and later to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. His condition is currently listed as stable.

Rescue workers credit the hunting party and the trained medic who found the man for saving his life. It just goes to show that hunting is not always about the target, but the resourcefulness, dedication, and camaraderie among hunters.

Image from Nomadic Lass on the flickr Creative Commons

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11 thoughts on “Hunter Found Alive Following Bear Mauling, 36 Hours in Alaska Wilderness

  1. Kind of lopsided news reporting.
    How many innocent bears were murdered in their own habitat during this state sanctioned bloodlust frenzy known as “hunting season”?

    Hunters, the legal home invaders.

    1. The misnomer you’ve chosen for yourself is comically ironic. Your comment indicates you have little or no common sense. Your actually making a joke out of yourself…

      1. You are obviously not a resident of Alaska so please keep your opinion of our state’s policies regarding our natural resources to yourself.

  2. Funny thing is that more bears are “murdered” by other bears than hunters. Bears are at the top of the food chain and do relish a bear steak as much as I do. Big bears eat whatever they want including other bears. Bears reproduce and the removal of the excess population actually helps the bear population. And that is common sense.

  3. It is so easy to talk, that is why our voice box is so much larger than our eardrums. If you notice, this story was not about those hunters hunting bears. It just says they were hunting. So if you can judge this story, make sure it is on it’s own merit. This is a story about the natural order of things. There were humans in an area that was intended for animals. Yes, the animals are accustomed to their habitat. This story is about one of those creatures, most likely, protecting it home. There was nothing said about the bear being overly aggressive, nor trying to kill the man for food, of which it could have easily done. If there were large wild animals roaming our streets, what do you think would be done about? Yes, it is our habitat. There was an element of a godly trait in this story. A man came along, directed by god or not, who was qualified to help save a life. This is the whole story. The way I see it, everyone and everything, including the two families, one of the bear and the other of the man, were just what they were. A chance encounter. If you feel the need to hash your opinions about the pro’s and the con’s of hunting, please do it on another story.

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