A grizzly bear dragged a woman out of her tent Thursday and mauled her in a remote corner of Gates of the Arctic National Park in far north Alaska, according to the National Park Service.
The woman was saved by companions camped with her in the seldom-visited Okokmilaga River drainage in the Brooks Range. Park Service spokesman John Quinley said they shouted at the bear and used pepper spray to drive it off.
The woman, who has yet to be identified, was seriously injured, Quinley said, but her injuries were not life threatening. She was evacuated to Coldfoot, a remote truck stop along the desolate Dalton Highway between Fairbanks and Prudhoe Bay.
An Alyeska Pipeline Services Co. helicopter, normally used to monitor the oil pipeline, was expected to pick her up there and ferry her to a hospital in Fairbanks, Quinley said.
The area in which the attack happened is remote even by Alaska standards, he added.
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