Man Miraculously Survives Brown Bear Attack in Remote Alaska

by Madison Miller

A man from Alaska survived what some people may consider absolutely unsurvivable. After a not-so-friendly encounter with a massive brown bear, a man was able to walk away alive.

Allen Minish was all alone in a remote part of Alaska. He was in the area in order to survey land for a real estate agent.

Suddenly, a brown bear emerged from the wooded area and started to approach him from 30 feet away. While not all brown bears will attack once they see a person, this one immediately sprung into attack mode.

Alaskan Man Mauled by Brown Bear

The bear launched himself at Minish and mauled him in a less than 10-second encounter. He seems to have accidentally startled the bear in its territory. Despite it being a brief encounter, it was enough time for the over 300-pound beast to do a lot of damage.

“I saw him and he saw me at the same time, and it’s scary,” Minish said to CBS News. He was being interviewed by phone after being hospitalized in Anchorage.

The bear did a lot of damage to the man. He was left with a completely crushed jaw, lacerations that needed stitches, and over four hours in the surgery room. He also had a very deep wound on his scalp which doctors reported they could see down to the bone.

The doctors also have a patch over his right eye. There could be more trouble related to his eye in the future as doctors are currently worried about it.

As far as the attack goes, Minish did everything he could once the beast was fully attacking him. He tried to run and dodge the bear between trees, which was unsuccessful. He was also carrying a surveying pole which he tried to use to keep the bear at a safe distance.

Unfortunately, there was little the man could do at this point.

“As he lunged up on top of me, I grabbed his lower jaw to pull him away. But he tossed me aside there, grabbed a quarter of my face. He took a small bite and then he took a second bite, and the second bite is the one that broke the bones … and crushed my right cheek, basically,” Minish said to the publication.

Reason for the Attack and After Care

Most bear attacks happen when the bear is surprised in its territory for any reason. Bears don’t have any reason to attack unless they feel threatened or their cubs are possibly in danger. Brown bears especially rarely attack humans and are meticulous about avoiding people at all costs.

Brown bears attack humans as if they are bears as well. They first growl and huff and usually rise up on their hind legs. From there they are trying to “disarm” their opponent. This means they go for the jaw first. A brown bear’s bite is so powerful, however, that this bite can often crush a human head. The bear in Alaska that attacked appeared to go for the mouth area first as well.

Despite having a long list of injuries, Minish was able to make it out of the encounter alive. The bear let go and he put his hands over his head. The bear walked away after seeing that the man was no longer a threat.

Minish called 911, used a t-shirt to help stop the bleeding, and waited for 59 minutes before help arrived. This is likely because he was in a very remote part of Alaska removed from the nearest town, which is Anchorage. He was eventually flown to Providence Alaska Medical Center and is in good condition. He lost a lot of blood while on the ground waiting for assistance.

Minish is one of six people to be mauled by a bear in Alaska. He’s planning on returning to work on Monday and is taking this as a valuable lesson and life experience. In the future, he’ll make sure he isn’t alone and has the proper equipment with him when he’s out in remote parts of the woods.