A jogger running on the grounds of an Alaska military base managed to walk about 2 miles for help after a brown bear with two cubs attacked her.
The woman, whose identity has not been revealed, was running along a road on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson when she apparently startled the bear.
The bear immediately went into attack mode and began mauling the woman, leaving lacerations on the woman’s neck and arms, the Anchorage Daily News reported.
Bleeding from slashes on her head and arms, she nonetheless managed to walk a mile or more uphill back to the Davis Highway, where her pickup was parked, according to Mark Sledge, senior conservation officer on the base. A passing driver, a soldier, picked her up and brought her to the base hospital.
The woman was running far behind her husband, who reported her as being missing when he couldn’t find her on the trail or back at their truck, the paper said.
according to the Anchorage Daily News.
After the attack, the victim was described as being “in and out of consciousness.”
The military base’s conservation official, Mark Sledge, was amazed that the woman didn’t die.
“The survival instinct for that woman is phenomenal,” Sledge told The New York Daily News. “The trauma that she went through and the walk out was heroic.”
The bear is estimated to be anywhere from 7 to 8 feet tall, a calculation based on the 7-inch tracks left behind by its rear paw.