Skier Rescued in Alaska Backcountry After Bear Attack

The attack happened after a group of three was hiking up a mountain and unknowingly happened on the bear's den, troopers said

This screenshot from video shows the U.S. Coast Guard rescuing a skier who was attacked by a bear in Alaska's backcountry.

A skier who was mauled by a brown bear was hoisted to safety out of Alaska backcountry over the weekend, officials said.

The man was stable at a hospital after Saturday's mauling on a mountain northwest of Haines, in the southeastern part of the state near the top of the Alaskan panhandle, the Coast Guard and state troopers said.

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The skier, who suffered injuries to his head and hands, was airlifted by a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, the Guard said in a statement.

He was attacked while he and two other skiers were hiking up a mountain to ski down it and unknowingly came across a den with a brown bear and its cubs, Alaska State Troopers said in a report.

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