(Associated Press) A brown bear mauled two wilderness guides who were leading a hiking excursion in Alaska after the group came between the female animal and her cub in the Tongass National Forest, state troopers said Friday.
The guides — a man and a woman — were rescued by the Coast Guard after being injured Thursday on a trail on Chichagof Island about 30 miles north of Sitka in southeast Alaska. Troopers said the bears left the area after one of the victims used pepper spray.
Authorities said they have no plans to hunt down the bear, and the guides' employer said their injuries were not life-threatening though one of the two was airlifted to Seattle and undergoing treatment in intensive care.
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