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9-year-old boy seriously injured in bear attack while hunting in Alaska: Troopers

Two people, including a 9-year-old boy, were injured in a bear attack while hunting in Alaska, authorities said.

The child suffered serious injuries, while a man suffered minor injuries, Alaska State Troopers said.

The incident happened around 6:30 p.m. local time Tuesday near Palmer, about 40 miles northeast of Anchorage, police said.

A brown bear fishes for salmon near Brooks Falls, September 16, 2018 in Katmai National Park, Alaska.

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The couple, who are related, hunted moose in the Palmer Hay Flats area, a wildlife refuge, Alaska State Troopers spokesman Austin McDaniel told ABC News. Troopers did not specify their relationship.

They encountered a brown bear who then mauled the child, troopers said. The man shot and killed the bear during the attack, police said.

Troopers and paramedics responding to the scene after reports of a bear attack found the two victims, who were taken to a hospital in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley area, troopers said.

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McDaniel said the latest report he received stated the child was in “fair condition.”

The brown bear was with a cub at the time of the attack. The Alaska Wildlife Troopers and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game were unable to find a cub in the area after ground and aerial surveys, McDaniel said.

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