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Mother, 1-year-old son killed in Alaska polar bear attack


January 19, 2023

Brian Battaile, U.S. Geological Survey via AP, File

A polar bear dried off after taking a swim in the Chukchi Sea in Alaska.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A polar bear chased several residents around a tiny, isolated Alaska Native whaling village, killing a mother and her 1-year-old son in an extremely rare attack before another community member shot and killed the bear, authorities said.

The fatal mauling, the first in more than 30 years in Alaska, happened Tuesday near the school in Wales, an isolated Bering Strait coastal community located on the westernmost tip of the North American mainland - about 50 miles (80 kilometers) from Russia - that is no stranger to coexisting with polar bears.

Summer Myomick of Saint Michael and her son, Clyde Ongtowasruk, were killed in the attack, Alaska State Troopers said in a statement.


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