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Brown Bear Mauls Trapper on Bear-Hunt

Megan Holland / Anchorage Daily News / April 17, 2007

 

A brown bear mauled an Anchorage man who was hunting near Glennallen, Alaska State Troopers said Tuesday.

Lynn Keogh, a 43-year-old professional trapper and hunting guide, was expected to recover from injuries to his scalp, leg and hand, troopers said.

Troopers credit Keogh's hunting partner with saving his life. He shot the bear dead with a .220 Swift, a small caliber gun meant to kill vermin, as it was chewing on Keogh's head.

Troopers say Keogh was hunting for brown bear Friday in the Oshetna River valley when he shot and killed one and approached its den. Keogh didn't know a second bear was inside. When he approached and was turning the carcass over, the second bear leapt from the den. He was able to fire one round with his rifle but it didn't stop the bear. It landed on him.

Keogh's hunting partner, whose name has not been confirmed, got closer to the scene and from 40 yards away shot the bear as it clawed and chewed his friend. The bear died on top of Keogh.

The pair used a satellite phone to call for help. Keogh was taken by helicopter to Providence Alaska Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries.

Daily News reporter Megan Holland can be reached at mrholland@adn.com or 257-4343.

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