Hunter Attacked After Surprising Mother Bear With Cubs
Published: September 08, 2022 at 11:27 AM Author: Penny Eims
Alaska – This week, a Michigan man, who was hunting along the upper East Fork Indian River outside of Glennallen, was mauled by a mother bear who was with her three cubs. According to a release from the Alaska State Troopers, the man was able to fend off the angry sow with bear spray.
According to the release, Alaska Wildlife Troopers received the report on the evening of Sept. 6. The agency said:
Nicholas Kuperus, age 33 of Michigan, and his hunting partners surprised a sow grizzly bear with three cubs. Kuperus was attacked by the sow and received serious puncture wounds to his arms but was able to deter and stop the attack using bear spray.
A State aircraft (PA-18 Super Cub) was dispatched to the area and was able to land on a nearby ridgetop. The man was transported to an ambulance in Glennallen. No other injuries were reported.