The US Coast Guard reported Thursday having rescued a man injured by a plantigrade after spotting him while flying over his camp.
Attacked, then harassed in his camp by a bear, a man was rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter in Alaska, the latter said in a statement.
During their flight between Kotzebue and Nome, two towns in west-central Alaska, “the crew observed an SOS sign above a shed” at a miners’ camp on Friday, the US coast guard said. , before a man waves to them on the ground.
“The crew then landed and came into contact with the individual who required medical attention after being attacked by a bear a few days earlier,” they said. The individual in question, injured in the leg and torso, was returned by helicopter to Nome for treatment.
According to the latter, the bear that attacked him returned to the camp and harassed him every night for a whole week. His friends had signaled his absence after he had not returned to Nome on the scheduled day.
“Alaska is bear country”
Alaska, an American state crossed by the Arctic Circle, is home to black, polar and brown bears, including the Kodiak bear, considered one of the largest in the world. It is “not uncommon” for locals or visitors to “see bears, usually a good distance away,” according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website.
But even if you don’t see them, “you’ll never be far from one of them: Alaska is bear country,” local officials warn.