Students Safe after Bear Attack on Faculty
Assistant Professor Forest Wagner was mauled by a brown bear Monday, April 18 during a field mountaineering course near Haines and medevaced to Providence Hospital in Anchorage. Wagner is currently in the orthopedic unit and has been upgraded to fair condition. Wagner was leading a group of 9 students and 2 teaching assistants in a field mountaineering course. The group was descending in an area between Mt. Emmerich and the Chilkat River when Wagner, while on skis, was attacked by the bear. Alaska State Troopers were notified of the incident via satellite phone. Chancellor Rick Caulfield coordinated with Troopers and Temsco Helicopters to evacuate the class group. No students were injured in the incident.