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The Latest: Professor mauled by bear in critical condition

The Latest on a University of Alaska educator mauled by a bear (all times local):

9 a.m.

A University of Alaska assistant professor who was mauled by a bear while teaching a mountaineering course is in critical condition.

A spokesman at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage says 35-year-old Forest Wagner is in the intensive care unit Tuesday, a day after the attack in southeast Alaska.

A University of Alaska, Southeast, spokeswoman says Wagner was with a group of 12 students on Mount Emmerich near Haines, Alaska, when he was attacked by a sow with two cubs. No students were hurt Monday.

A student hiked down the mountain to get cellphone reception and call for help.

Wagner's biography says he's been coordinating and teaching in the outdoor studies program at the university's Juneau campus since 2006. He teaches rock and ice climbing, backcountry navigation, glacier travel and mountaineering.

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9:45 p.m.

A teacher has been hospitalized after he was mauled by a bear during a mountaineering class in the Alaska Panhandle.

A University of Alaska Southeast spokeswoman says Forest Wagner, 35, of Fairbanks, was with a group of 12 students on Mount Emmerich near Haines, Alaska, on Monday when he was attacked. No students were hurt.

A student hiked down the mountain to get cellphone reception and call for help.

The university says Wagner was taken to Providence Hospital in Anchorage. His condition was not immediately available, but the university said he was stable.

Wagner has been coordinating and teaching in the outdoor studies program at the university since 2006, according to his biography. He teaches rock and ice climbing, backcountry navigation, glacier travel and mountaineering.