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Alaska Bear Attack

July 25, 2011 by USA Post 

Alaska Bear AttackAlaska Bear Attack, On Saturday night, Josh Berg of the city of New part of a group of seven National School Outdoor Leadership (NOLS) students attacked by a bear while hiking in Alaska without instructors.  The Clarkstown South High School are in critical condition at Providence Medical Center Alaska in Anchorage. According to Bruce Palmer, NOLS, the teenager has undergone surgery. Berg is one of the four students injured in the attack.

Another student is being treated in the same hospital. The two other injured students were taken to Mat-Su Regional Hospital in Palmer and one of them has been treated and released. Berg was part of a group of students with NOLS Alaska Backpacking course, which began June 30 with 14 students and three instructors.

According to NOLS, Alaska State Troopers were contacted via personal locating beacon that was activated by the students. The students had either crossed or were crossing a stream, when he came into contact with a bear that attacked the group. Students said they were following accepted safety practices and perform calls to warn bears of your presence and support to carry spray.

They were the first day of issue student without instructors. The students, who were participating in a course of 30-day backpacking trips to learn outdoor camping skills, were evacuated in two groups via helicopter. All parents of students have been notified.

The incident occurred in the western Talkeetna Mountains about 45 miles northeast of the town of Talkeetna, Alaska.

Berg was appointed as the representative of Clarkstown South High School to the school board in early July.

Mountaineer Paul Petzoldt founded NOLS in Wyoming based on 1965. More than 15,000 students graduate each year NOLS. The school teaches leadership, teamwork, ethics, environment, medicine, wilderness, desert and technical skills.

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