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U.S. Army soldier killed by bear while training in Alaska

While training with a small group at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska, on Tuesday, a U.S. Army soldier was attacked by a bear and died from the injuries, JBER announced in a press release.

The group was partaking in a training exercise in Training Area 412, located west of the Anchorage Regional Landfill. The 673rd Security Forces Squadron responded to the incident.

The name of the soldier is being withheld until family can be notified.

A search for the bear is being made by Alaska Wildlife Troopers in TA 412, which is closed to the public for all recreation.

JBER stated that more details would be announced when available.

KTUU reported that this was not the first time something like this has happened within the base’s gates.

On May 18, 2014, a female jogger married to a soldier assigned to the base surprised a bear with two cubs and was mauled on the base. She suffered lacerations to her neck, arms and legs, and sustained neck fractures and a torn ear. The Associated Press reported that she curled into the fetal position and played dead, and remained silent, actions that likely saved her life.

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The AP report about that 2014 bear attack revealed that an estimated 40 brown bears and up to 300 black bears migrate through the base seasonally. The joint Army and Air Force base covers 75,000 acres within the municipal limits of Anchorage.

Generic photo of a brown bear courtesy of the National Park Service.

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