UPDATE: Recent bear mauling may actually have been moose attack says Fish and Game

A man found bleeding with multiple wounds on Wednesday night on the outskirts of Anchorage was initially thought to have been the victim of a bear attack. However, wildlife biologists are now reporting the attack was more likely from a moose. Anchorage police received a call stating the man was barely responsive and may have been stabbed. Police and medics responded, and took the man to a hospital, where he was pronounced in critical condition.

APD police cruiser (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage)
APD police cruiser (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)

After further investigating and working with medical staff at the hospital, it was initially determined that the male was likely attacked by a bear. Police had notified Fish and Game about the incident. Fish and Game biologists conducted a further investigation and determined that there was no evidence to suggest a bear attack at the crime scene. Police have not been able to interview the male yet .

When examining the victim, biologists “found nothing to suggest any of the injuries were caused by a bear,” according to a press release from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Police confirmed an agitated moose was near the scene the night the man was found.

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Wesley Early covers municipal politics and Anchorage life for Alaska Public Media. Reach him at wearly@alaskapublic.org.

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