Rare attack in Alaska: a mother and her son are killed by a polar bear

Rare attack in Alaska: a mother and her son are killed by a polar bear

Fatal bear attacks are very rare in Alaska.

Two people, a mother and her son, have been killed in a polar bear attack in Alaska. Then one of the residents shot the animal.

The facts took place on Tuesday, January 17 at 2:30 pm local time, in a village in Wells, a remote area of ​​northwest Alaska. “Initial reports indicate that a polar bear entered the village and attacked a number of residents.”The police told the local newspaper, Anchorage daily news. Investigators should be on site as soon as weather permits.


Wells is a predominantly Inupiaq village with fewer than 150 people. It is located in the far west of the Seward Peninsula, bordering the Bering Strait. It is the most populated northwest place in the entire North American continent. Fatal polar bear attacks are extremely rare in Alaska.

As sea ice melts, the ocean remains open later in the season, and polar bears spend more time on land, increasing the risk of human encounters, Joseph Jessup McDermott, chairman of the Alaska Nanut Joint Management Council, told the council. It brings together 15 Alaskan tribes who traditionally hunted polar bears for their sustenance.

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