Bear Mauls Man: Drunk Alaskan Man Survives Attack After Provoking Bear With Barbecue Meat, [REPORT]

By Staff Reporter on June 17, 2013 5:00 PM EDT

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A bear mauls man after he foolishly fed it barbecue meat. (Photo: Creative Commons)

A bear mauled a man at an Alaskan campground, reports the state's Department of Fish and Game. According to state authorities, the man encountered the bear and foolishly fed it. The encounter nearly ended in tragedy when the bear attacked the man. Thankfully, the man, whose identity is not revealed, survived the mauling.

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According to the Anchorage Daily News, the attack occurred on Saturday near the Eklutna Lake Campground, located just north of Anchorage. While attending a church barbecue, the man, who had been drinking, decided go for a bike ride and brought along some food.

The man encountered a black bear during his ride and threw it a piece of meat. Then, he offered the bear another piece.

"That's when it kind of went ballistic," said Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen. Park rangers found the bloodied man washing himself off at the camp ground.

There were no witnesses of the attack and the man was unable to effectively describe the events that happened when the troopers spoke with him at the hospital. The man was being treated for scratch and puncture wounds sustained from the bear mauling.

"He wasn't terribly coherent," he said. "He was unsure of where the attack actually happened."

While the attack was certainly vicious, Eklutna Lake Campground spokesperson Ken Marsh is confident that the black bear will not attack others. "The bear was pretty much goaded into this," Marsh said, suggesting that the foolish man was at fault for attracting the bear's attention.

The state biologist sent to the scene has not been able to track the black bear.

The man mauled by the bear could be charged with illegally feeding wildlife. Biologists advise people to never feed a wild animal.

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