Bear That Attacked Alaska Man Not Rabid

Alaska DF&G, Bear Hunting Magazine
05/08/2013

A bear that attacked a man without provocation last Sunday on a Kasilof beach was not rabid. You can read about the attack in our original News Flash here.

A wildlife biologist sent in the bruin's head for testing because the animal had attacked a telephone pole and a moving pickup before going after the man.

An Alaska Department of Fish and Game veterinarian stated in an press release that the bear had poor vision which may have made it act aggressively. The 20-year-old sow was blind in her right eye from an old injury. The cornea of her left eye was clouded. It has been known that bears with impaired eyesight can act aggressively toward objects they do not recognize.



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