A jogger on an Alaskan Air Force base narrowly survived the mauling with wounds to her arms, legs, neck and torso, but still managed to walk most of the way home
A woman in Alaska walked one mile with claw marks across her arms, legs, neck and torso, after she escaped a terrifying encounter with a brown bear on Sunday.
CNN reports that the woman—who did not wish to reveal her name—was jogging with her husband along a well-trodden path at an Alaskan Air Force base. The husband ran ahead, and she alone turned a corner, coming face to face with a mother bear and her two cubs.
The bear took a defensive stance, according to an Air Force spokeswoman, and then attacked the woman. She escaped and walked one mile toward the base before a passerby spotted her on the path.
She was taken to Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage for treatment and is reportedly in stable condition.
Air Force spokeswoman Angela Webb said it was the first bear encounter on the base since 2010, adding that attacks are extremely rare. “In this particular case, the runner turned the corner at the wrong time and wrong place,” she said. [CNN]