- Associated Press - Thursday, October 27, 2016

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The Latest on mauling of a man by a bear in Seward, Alaska (all times local):


A spokeswoman for the Alaska Department of Transportation says the airport at Seward has reopened after a man with dogs was mauled by a bear on a runway.

Shannon McCarthy says the airport, which is not fenced, was closed for an hour but reopened at about 9:30 a.m.

Seward police are telling people to continue to stay away from the area as officers search for the bear that attacked the 55-year-old man.

McCarthy says the man was walking or jogging with dogs and was on the main runway when he was attacked by a brown bear with cubs.

The man used his cellphone at 6:46 a.m. to call for help.

McCarthy says signs warn people that the area is restricted.

She says lights on the runway have been under repair because of damage from recent flooding.


11:25 a.m.

The state of Alaska has closed the airport at Seward while police look for a bear that mauled a man Thursday morning.

The man was walking his dogs near the airport when he was attacked before daylight.

Seward Police Chief Tom Clemons says people should stay away as officers seek the brown bear with cubs.

Clemons says he’s not sure how long the attack lasted but that the man’s injuries are not life-threatening. The man used his cellphone to call 911 at 6:46 a.m.

The airport is between mountain and the head of Resurrection Bay.

Clemons says Seward has both black and brown bears and it’s not uncommon to spot them. He says he’s seen them in his own yard.

Clemons says no decision has been made on whether to kill the bear if it’s found.


10 a.m.

A man walking dogs Thursday morning near the Seward airport was mauled by a bear.

Anchorage television station KTUU (https://bit.ly/2dPskjK) reports the 55-year-old man was able to call for help on his cellphone at around 6:45 a.m.

Seward Police Chief Tom Clemons says the man was taken to Providence Seward Medical Center for treatment.

The brown bear may have been with cubs.

Seward police after the mauling searched for the bear.

Police warned people to stay away from the area.

Seward is a city of more than 2,700 on the Kenai Peninsula about 75 miles southeast of Anchorage.


An earlier version of the story indicated the injured man was 46 years old.

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