Biologists kill bear suspected in Eagle River maulings

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A brown bear which may have been involved in Eagle River maulings last month, which left one man dead and another man injured, has been killed by state biologists.

Residents in the South Fork addition on Hiland Road told the Alaska Department of Fish and Game that the bear – a sow with two cubs, each about a year or two old – were seen Friday morning, according to Fish and Game spokesman Ken Marsh.

The bears were spotted within sight of where 44-year-old Michael Soltis was found fatally mauled on June 20; a searcher looking for him was mauled and wounded the same day. Testing by Fish and Game has shown that both men were mauled by brown bear sows, although not necessarily the same bear.

Biologists kill bear suspected in Eagle River maulings
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