Alaska State Troopers say a Fairbanks man died in an apparent bear mauling Thursday night near Delta Junction, after another person at the scene hid inside a cabin.
According to a Friday AST dispatch, troopers received a report of the incident in which 64-year-old Robert Weaver died, outside a cabin at George Lake, just before 6:45 p.m. Thursday.
“It was reported that one individual was on the ground outside the cabin, condition unknown,” troopers wrote. “The second individual sought shelter inside the cabin and called for help.”
... “While the Alaska Wildlife Trooper was conducting the death investigation, a black bear wandered on scene,” troopers wrote. “The bear was dispatched by the Trooper. It is unknown if the dispatched bear is the same animal that reportedly mauled Weaver.”
UPDATE: The article now opens with "A bear killed a 64-year-old Fairbanks man late Thursday outside a cabin on George Lake, southeast of Delta Junction, according to Alaska State Troopers." I guess the overly-cautious description in the earlier version lead to questions like the one Well Seasoned Fool asks in comments, below. :)