Bear attack victim in fair condition

Posted: Thursday, April 21, 2005

The 51-year-old Soldotna man attacked by a brown bear near Mackey Lake on Monday morning was listed in fair condition at Central Peninsula General Hospital on Tuesday.

Scott MacInnes had been jogging with his dog along Derks Lake Road about 1 1/2 miles from his home on Denise Lake Road when the attack occurred at about 8 a.m.

He was able to make it back to a neighbor's house on Denise Lake Road more than a mile from site of the attack, bleeding from head and abdomen injuries.

From there he was taken by ambulance to CPGH for treatment.

MacInnes' dog, a golden retriever, stayed with him and was not injured by the bear. The neighbor took care of the dog as MacInnes was taken to the hospital.

Alaska Fish and Game biologists believe MacInnes and his dog may have surprised the bear and at least one cub that had been feeding on a winter kill moose carcass about 50 yards off the road.

The biologists said they had no plans of hunting down the bear, but would post signs in the area warning people of the bear attack and of the location of the moose carcass.

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