A Kentucky hunter was attacked by a brown bear Thursday evening, on September 22. Although he was rushed to the hospital, the wild animal caused him severe injuries. The incident happened in South Alaska during a hunting trip, and the man’s partners didn’t have time to react.
The patient’s name is Douglas Adkins, and he is 57. The U.S. Coast Guard took him to a Juneau hospital, and according to official sources, he is stable. Although the injuries caused by the brown bear were not shallow, doctors are optimistic about his situation. The Kentucky hunter is now in a better condition, and he is lucky that the attack was not deadly for him.
According to troopers, Douglas Adkins was returning from a bear hunt on Thursday when he and his guide found themselves face to face to the mighty beast from the woods. The attack was quick, and they believe that the animal reacted so violently because it was scared. The victim was released with no help from other hunters, but because the bear decided to let him go.
The Kentucky hunter arrived at the hospital on Friday morning. The doctors identified and treated several wounds, but no information on the condition of the patient was released throughout the day.
Authorities are trying to determine whether the animal acted in self-defense or not. If there was no threat to the bear and its’ behavior cannot be explained, then it is most likely that it will be tracked down and killed.
Ryan Scott, who is a supervisor at the Department of Fish and Game, declared the following on the situation:
“In the area they were in, there’s lots of bears, so whether or not we could actually determine which bear it was is a whole different approach.”
Brown bears are common in North America, and they enjoy the privileged status of the most spread species of bears in the world. They can also be found on other continents, such as Europe and Asia. There are variations of colors with this type of bears, but their thick fur is generally brown. They have long, curved claws, but they are blunt, which prevents them from climbing trees.
The claws on their forelimbs, the strong jaws, the sharp teeth, as well as their impressive body weight make them dangerous animals. There were reported cases of brown bear attacks being lethal to people.
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