Alaska State Troopers: Hunter kills 2 brown bears while defending hunting partner in attack

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska State Troopers say a hunter killed two bears after one of the animals attacked his friend.

Troopers say the Coast Guard reported the attack Tuesday afternoon. KTUU-TV ( ) reports 68-year-old Sitka resident Michael Snowden had been attacked by a brown bear while hunting on Sally Island, about 30 miles west of Kodiak in the east arm of Uganik Bay.

His hunting partner, 38-year-old Jeff Ostrin of Camas, Washington, killed the bear during the attack and then killed another bear that appeared while the two men waited for help.

A Coast Guard helicopter took Snowden to Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center, where he was treated for leg injuries.

Troopers say an investigation determined it was a sow with two large cubs that attacked Snowden.

Information from: KTUU-TV,

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