This past week, a group of teens were brutally attacked by a grizzly bear while taking part in a leadership program in Alaska.
According to CNN, the group was about 45 miles northeast of Talkeetna and 24 days into a 30-day program that taught teamwork and survival skills. The group was crossing a creek at 8:30 p.m. Saturday when the bear began attacking, likely protecting her cub.
The bear began mauling the first teens in line. The Associated Press reported that two 17-year-olds received the worst of the attack, Joshua Berg of New York and Samuel Gottsegen of Denver. Both boys remain in an Alaska hospital in series condition.
Luckily, the boys were able to fend off the bear before it did further damage. They set up a camp and provided first aid to those who needed while also activating the Personal Locator Beacon to notify help.
It wasn’t until almost five hours later that the group was rescued.
The group was without a chaperone because “that far into the course, they’ve learned enough survival skills,” a NOLS spokseperson told the Associated Press.
This attack follows another grizzly attack on a 57-year-old man, who was killed in Yellowstone National Park when he encountered a bear while on a hike.