New Details Emerge From Bear Attack Survivors



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Grizzly bear attacked a group of teens on a wilderness survival skills course in Alaska last Saturday, injuring four of them.  

The group of seven teenagers was close to the end of a 30-day course to learn how to survive in the backcountry. They were deemed ready to try their newly attained skills on their own, without adults around. But nothing could have prepared them for this attack.

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The attack happened as the teens were lined up to cross the river. The teens at the back of the line heard the screams of the ones in the front about the presence of a bear. Sam Gottsegen and Joshua Berg were in the front and suffered the worst bites.

“I thought: I’m going to die” 17-year old Sam Gottsegen told the Associated Press.

Authorities believe the bear mauled the teenagers because it was protecting a cub, but none of the youngsters ever saw a cub.

The attack happened too sudden to grab their bear spray and even though the teens were told to play dead during a grizzly attack, they ran.

The bear struck Gottsegen, bit him on the head, punctured his lung and broke two of his ribs. The attack on the group probably lasted less than a minute, he said.

After it was over, the group made good use of their survival skills, set up a camp, looked after the injured and set up the beacon. A trooper and a pilot in a helicopter located the group several hours later and took the most seriously injured to a hospital.

Sam Gottsegen and another student are in good condition after the attack, but Joshua Berg remains in serious conditions.

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