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The Latest: Oklahoma man fatally mauled by bear

October 1, 2018

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on a fatal bear mauling in Alaska (all times local):

2:10 p.m.

Authorities say an Oklahoma man was fatally mauled by a bear and two cubs near a southeast Alaska mine.

Alaska State Troopers identified the victim as 18-year-old Anthony David Montoya of Hollis, Oklahoma.

Troopers say all three bears were killed. Montoya’s body is being sent to the state medical examiner’s office for an autopsy.

Montoya was a contract employee for Hecla Greens Creek Mine. The mine reported that the incident Monday occurred at a remote drill site accessible only by helicopter.

The incident occurred near the silver mine on Admiralty Island about 18 miles (29 kilometers) southwest of Juneau.

Mike Satre, manager of government and community relations with the mine, says that before Monday, there had not been an injury of any kind related to a bear reported by the mine

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1:15 p.m.

A contract mine employee has been killed in an encounter with a bear in southeast Alaska.

Hecla Greens Creek Mine reports the incident occurred Monday at a remote drill site accessible only by helicopter.

Alaska State Troopers say a report of the incident was received at about 8:45 a.m. but provided little other information.

The incident occurred near the silver mine on Admiralty Island about 18 miles (29 kilometers) southwest of Juneau.

Mike Satre, manager of government and community relations with the mine, said there are many bears on Admiralty Island. Because of that, he says employees and contractors receive training specific to bears.

He says that before Monday, there had not been an injury of any kind related to a bear reported by the mine.

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