Animal Rights

Alaska Man Calls 911 Himself After Bear Mauls Him

| by Brendan Kelly
Funny River, Alaska.Funny River, Alaska.

A 62-year-old Alaska man was attacked by a bear on Sept. 13 and left seriously injured, but was still able to use his cellphone to call 911.

Danny High, of Funny River, Alaska, was walking a neighbor's dog, Leila, through the woods when a bear attacked him, KTUU reports. Despite his injuries, he managed to call 911.

High was in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle as of Monday morning.

Diane Deming, Leila's owner, told KTUU that High walked her dog every day, using a route through the woods that is known locally as "bear trail."

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On Sept. 13, however, Leila returned home on her own, according to Deming. She added that the dog appeared panicked and scratched at the front and back doors.

According to state troopers, High wasn't armed with a gun or bear spray when he was attacked. They don't know what type of bear attacked him, but believe it was a brown bear and that it may have been startled by the dog.

Authorities have not been able to find the bear.

"If we have reason to believe that this bear could pose a threat to the area, we will definitely have to try and minimize, if not eliminate, the threat, but we don't know at this time," said spokeswoman Cathie Harms of the Department of Fish and Game.

The department is investigating the incident to learn more about what happened.

Sources: KTUU, Daily Mail

Photo Credit: Screenshot via Daily Mail, WikiCommons