Agency spokesman Patrick Burns said the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division was investigating all the soldiers who died in the crash at Army posts. According to a statement from Aadhaar, the area is closed to the public for recreation.
State Wildlife police learned of the bear attack around 1:50 a.m. Tuesday and responded to the scene with members of the Alaska Department of Fish and Games and the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division, Digraph said. Base said a security forces squadron from the 673rd Air Base Wing responded first.
Captain DeGraff noted that bear attacks were rare in Anchorage and that bear caves were rare even in forests where soldiers scout. These naturally hidden underground dugouts are often found in remote forests – not like training areas – but often in high mountains and slopes, he said. People usually do not recognize bear mounds until the end of the year, as more bears come out of hibernation and more tracks appear on the ground, he said.
According to a study by the Alaska Department of Epidemiology, between 2000 and 2017, 10 people were killed and 68 injured in Alaskan bear attacks. By comparison, 467 people were hospitalized for dog bites during that time.
Most of the victims hospitalized in the study were white males attacked by brown bears – mostly engaged in outdoor work and recreation. One of the victims was in the Army. These attacks are most common during the summer months along the southern coast of the state along the Gulf of Alaska. The study found that bears, many of which are seeded, are trying to protect their young after being shocked or threatened.