Alaska university teacher mauled by bear on student outing
19 April 2016, 14:57
Juneau – A man who teaches classes on the outdoors was mauled by a
bear on Monday during a mountaineering class in the Alaska Panhandle, according
to a university spokesperson.
Forest Wagner, 35, of Fairbanks, was with a group of 12 students
on Mount Emmerich near Haines, Alaska, when he was attacked, according to
University of Alaska Southeast spokesperson Kate Bausler. A student hiked down
the mountain to get cell reception and call for help.
Wagner was taken to Providence Hospital in Anchorage, according to
a statement from the university.
His condition was not immediately available, but the university
said he was stable.
Wagner was leading a group of 11 students and 2 teaching assistants
when Wagner was attacked by a bear with cubs, the statement said. No students
According to Wagner's teaching schedule, he was scheduled to come
down off of the mountain by Tuesday. He has been coordinating and teaching in
the outdoor studies program at the university since 2006, according to his
biography. He teaches rock and ice climbing, backcountry navigation, glacier
travel and mountaineering.
Alaska State Troopers got a call from the Haines Police Department
about noon on Monday. According to their report, they removed Wagner from the
mountain via helicopter and put him on another LifeMed helicopter before taking
him to a hospital.
The bear was sighted again after the mauling, Bausler said. The
students in the mountaineering class were taken down from the mountain and are
spending the night in Haines with another professor. Haines is about 90 miles
north of Juneau and accessible only by air or sea.
Students are scheduled to take a ferry back to Juneau on Tuesday,
Wagner is the second man attacked by a bear in Alaska 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 near Mile 68 of the Denali Highway just after 13:30 on Friday.
The 135-mile road runs east to west and connects the Richardson
and Parks highways east of Denali National Park.
Bohn's hunting partner killed the bear. Bohn was driven by
snowmobile to the Denali Highway where a LifeMed Alaska helicopter flew him to
an Anchorage hospital.
Wildlife troopers, employees of the Alaska Department of Fish and
Game and friends of Bohn removed the bear from the field on Saturday.