Woman Walks 2 Miles After Surviving Bear Attack
She was mauled while jogging at Alaska military base
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2014 2:52 AM CDT
Mark Sledge, the senior Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson conservation law enforcement officer, is seen during a news conference at the base yesterday.   (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

(Newser) – Officials say a soldier's wife is lucky to be alive after being mauled by a brown bear on a sprawling military base in Alaska. The woman was jogging when she startled the bear and her two cubs, and officials at Anchorage's Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson say the bear saw the woman as a threat and attacked her to defend her babies, the AP reports. After the attack, the dazed and bloodied woman, who suffered lacerations to her neck, arms, and legs, walked two miles along a rough, unpaved trail to get help.

Officials say the woman, who is in stable condition in the hospital, appears to have rolled into a ball to protect herself, although she doesn't remember much about the attack. Recreation areas nearby will be closed for at least a week but since the bear was acting defensively, wildlife officials probably won't take action against her. "The main message is don't get complacent. I'm not saying she was," the senior conservation officer on the base tells the Anchorage Daily News. "I don't care if you're in downtown Anchorage or on the base, bears are everywhere."

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May 20, 2014 2:48 PM CDT
Thankfully she survived. Still, I can't stress this point enough. Anytime a person is going to be out of contact with civilization, carry a personal location beacon(PLB) such as a SPOT GPS or any other brand that's out there. With a simple press of a button, you have a squad coming to your rescue. These devices don't use cell towers, instead, they use satellites above to communicate. Obviously, these are intended for "real emergencies". These devices run from $100+ plus a possible annual subscription of $100. When it comes to a real emergency, $200 is the best life insurance you can ever buy....as it could literally save your life. I was once in a remote location and broke my lower leg in a canyon. Only able to see about 20% of the sky....my PLB was still able to call for help when I could not.
Cate Loveland
May 20, 2014 10:20 AM CDT
Bears have super sensitive noses, and I've seen videos of it stopping them in their tracks.
May 20, 2014 10:10 AM CDT
Let's issue 45 to the bears ! Maybe they shoot themselves ??