No witnesses in fatal Southeast Alaska bear mauling

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Alaska State Troopers say the Oklahoma man fatally mauled Monday by brown bears in Southeast Alaska had stepped away from a group of people just before he was killed.

Troopers named the deceased Monday afternoon as 18-year-old Anthony David Montoya of Hollis, Okla. His next of kin have been notified.

Ken Marsh, with the state Department of Fish and Game said after the bears were killed, biologists found evidence that all three had fed on the victim. Since there were no witnesses, it couldn't be determined whether the mauling was a defensive or surprise incident -- in which the bears were startled at close range -- or a predatory mauling in which the bears had targeted Montoya.

No witnesses in fatal Southeast Alaska bear mauling

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