Alaska man mauled by bear may face charges

Published June 18, 2013

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The Alaska man who was mauled last weekend at a church barbecue may be charged with illegally feeding wildlife.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game Spokesman Ken Marsh told the Anchorage Daily News the bear was "pretty much goaded" into the attack Saturday near Eklutna Lake Campground because the man fed it meat from a church barbecue. 

Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen says the man had been drinking and went for a bike ride, taking some of the food along. He came across the bear and threw it a piece of meat. When he offered the bear another piece, it attacked.

Park rangers later found the bloodied man washing himself off at the campground, Marsh said.

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

The man was treated for punctures wounds and scratches at an Anchorage hospital.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game thinks the black bear won't threaten other people.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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