Monday's fatal bear mauling in Southeast Alaska is the second fatal mauling of the year, according to Fish and Game Spokesman Ken Marsh. Marsh said the Department is no longer actively searching for a female brown bear that killed 44-year-old Mike Soltis in mid-June in Eagle River and seriously injured another man that was searching for Soltis.
Marsh said the Department will, however, be looking at every bear that hunters bring in, or which is killed in Southcentral, to see if its DNA is a match. He said the department also plans a research project in the next few weeks that involves collaring live bears and checking their DNA.
"They'll be taking DNA as part of that research," said Marsh. "And should the bear's DNA turn up, they would go back to that bear since it would have a collar on, so they could locate it, and they would go ahead and they would put it down."