Hunter hospitalized after Alaska bear mauling

September 20, 2011 - 9:35 PM

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 65-year-old man is hospitalized after being mauled by a grizzly bear while hunting in Alaska.

The Anchorage Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/qPd4ze ) that 65-year-old Donald "Skip" Sanford was attacked Monday near the Maclaren River Lodge off the Denali Highway.

Rescuers say Sanford told them the bear charged at him, head down.

Joe Snyder helped tend to Sanford's wounds. He says the hunter has deep bites to the back of his skull, and one ear is torn. Alaska State Troopers say the wounds don't appear to be life-threatening.

Sanford had to walk more than a mile back to camp, and friends floated him partway to the lodge. A speed boat took him the rest of the way.

Sanford was then flown to an Anchorage hospital by helicopter.

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Information from: Anchorage Daily News, http://www.adn.com