JBER soldier killed in bear attack in Alaska during training near Anchorage Regional Landfill. Bear remains at large as wildlife officials launch search.
The soldier was part of a small group in a training area west of the Anchorage Regional Landfill when the bear attacked on Tuesday.
The name of the soldier was being withheld pending next-of-kin notification.
The 673rd Security Forces Squadron initially responded to the incident according to officials at the US military facility Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER).
Alaska wildlife troopers were searching for the bear in the area, which is closed to the public for all recreation activity Alaska’s News Source reported.
BREAKING: JBER Spokesperson Erin Eaton wrote in a press release that while training in an area west of the Anchorage Regional Landfill, a U.S. Army Alaska Soldier was attacked by a bear and died from the injuries. https://t.co/iL87AJKYJG
— Alaska’s News Source (@AKNewsNow) May 11, 2022
Species of bear thought to be grizzly
It is unclear which kind of bear was involved in the attack, and Alaska is home to a variety of bear species.
JBER is a US military facility in Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska, and is the result of a merger between the US Air Force’s Elmendorf Air Force Base and the US Army’s Fort Richardson in 2010.
No other information was immediately available.