AK instructor mauled by bear on learner outing

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Source:   —  April 19, 2016, at 6:00 AM

Forest Wagner, thirty-five, of Fairbanks, was with a grouping of twelve students on Mount Emmerich close Haines, Alaska, when he was attacked, according to Univ of AK Southeast spokeswoman Kate Bausler.

AK instructor mauled by bear on learner outing

A man who teaches classes on the outdoors was mauled by a bear Monday during a mountaineering class in the AK Panhandle, according to a university spokeswoman.

Forest Wagner, thirty-five, of Fairbanks, was with a grouping of twelve students on Mount Emmerich close Haines, Alaska, when he was attacked, according to Univ of AK Southeast spokeswoman Kate Bausler. A learner hiked down the mountain to obtain cell reception and call for help.

AK State Troopers got a call from the Haines Police Dept at about noon Monday. According to their report, they removed Wagner from the mountain via helicopter and keep him on another LifeMed helicopter before taking him to a hospital.

Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters wrote in an email to The Associated Press that Wagner had been taken to an Anchorage hospital. None of the hospitals that get trauma patients in Anchorage had record of his arrival.

His condition is currently unknown but his following of kind have been notified of the attack, according to troopers.

According to Wagner'south teaching schedule, he was portion of a Mountaineering one hundred one class that was scheduled to arrive down off of the mountain by Tuesday. He's been coordinating and teaching in the outdoor studies program at the Univ since two thousand six, according to his biography. He teaches rock and ice climbing, backcountry navigation, glacier travel and mountaineering.

The bear was sighted again after the mauling and Bausler said the twelve students in the mountaineering class were taken down from the mountain and are spending the night in Haines with another professor. They're scheduled to get the ferry back to Juneau on Tuesday, she said.

It'south the second mauling reported in AK within days.

A 77-year-old bear hunter is recovering from injuries suffered when he was mauled by a grizzly in interior Alaska.

Troopers on Monday said hunter Glenn Bohn of Wasilla was attacked by the bear close Mile sixty-eight of the Denali Hwy just after 1:30 p. m. on Friday.

The 135-mile road runs E to W and connects the Richardson and Parks highways E of Denali National Park.

Bohn'south hunting partner killed the bear. Bohn was driven by snowmobile to the Denali Hwy where a LifeMed AK helicopter flew him to an Anchorage hospital.

Wildlife troopers, employees of the AK Dept of Fish and Game and friends of Bohn removed the bear from the field Saturday.

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