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Bear mauls teens learning survival skills in Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) ' Students participating in a survival skills course in Alaska have been mauled by a bear, and two have suffered life-threatening injuries.
Alaska State Troopers say the students were in a group of seven students participating in a 30-day backcountry course by the National Outdoor Leadership School when the attack occurred Saturday night near Chulitna, about 120 miles north of Anchorage. They were rescued early Sunday.
NOLS spokesman Bruce Palmer says another group of seven students and three instructors is waiting about six miles away for a helicopter hired by the Lander, Wyo.-based organization.
Palmer says 17-year-old Joshua Berg of New City, N.Y., and 17-year-old Samuel Gottsegen of Denver were critically injured with bear bite wounds. They are being treated at an Anchorage hospital.
Palmer says two others also were injured.