Search for bear in mauling after hiker's death continues

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No sign was found Thursday of the brown bear which injured a searcher for a hiker found dead on an Eagle River trail, state officials said, a day after unsuccessful efforts Wednesday.

Ken Marsh, a spokesman for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, said biologists had returned to the scene off Hiland Road Thursday morning in an attempt to locate the bear which left a man with leg injuries during the search for 44-year-old Michael Soltis. The missing hiker’s body was found and taken to the state medical examiner’s office, with injuries police initially said were from a bear mauling.

“We were unable to locate the bear last night,” Marsh said. “We're going to continue to try to locate this animal.”

Search for bear in mauling after hiker's death continues
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