Hiker remains hospitalized, dog missing after bear attack

Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2005

A hiker mauled by a bear Sunday afternoon remains hospitalized and one of her dogs is still missing, said Alaska State Trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson.

Mary Colleen Sinnott and John Poljacik of Kasilof were hiking on a trail near Mile 8 of Skilak Lake Loop when a 300- to 400-pound brown bear charged out of the bushes and injured Sinnott in the back of her head.

Her injuries were not considered life-threatening. She was taken to Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna and had surgery Sunday night. CPGH would not release any information on Sinnott's condition.

Poljacik received minor scratches in the attack.

The couple was returning from a hike and was about 100 yards from their vehicle when the bear attacked.

Trooper Terrence Shanigan said the husband and wife took their two 7-month-old Newfoundland puppies on the hike. When the attack happened, both puppies ran into the woods. One was found Sunday night. The other remains missing.

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