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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Authorities say a North Texas man mauled by a brown bear while moose hunting in Alaska has suffered serious injuries.
They say a bear with cubs attacked 47-year-old Gregory Joseph Matthews of Plano as he hunted Tuesday with his brother in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. He is expected to survive.
Refuge manager Andy Loranger says fishermen in the area alerted authorities, and Matthews was flown to a nearby hospital. He was listed in good condition Wednesday and refused requests for an interview.
Loranger says salmon are passing through nearby waterways, attracting bears to the area.
Wildlife officials are looking for the bear in the area near Doroshin Bay at the upper end of Skilak Lake, but it remains open.
In June, residents in a Corinth neighborhood called police to report a black bear cub running and playing in the area. Residents were worried the mama bear was nearby, but the adult animal never appeared. The cub was captured and relocated to the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Boyd.
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