ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The US military on Thursday identified a soldier who died from injuries sustained during a bear attack at a military training area in Alaska this week.
The army said in a statement that Staff Sgt. Seth Michael Plant, 30, was pronounced dead on Tuesday at a hospital in Anchorage’s Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Another soldier suffered minor injuries in the attack at a training area west of the Anchorage landfill, according to the military.
The military said in a statement that the plant was in St. Augustine, Florida, and since July 2021 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. He was an infantryman of the 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment.
Lieutenant Colonel David J. Nelson, 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment Commander, said that Plant “always had a smile on his face, he always went above and beyond him, and he served as an inspiration to all who helped him.” Glad to know.”
The army says that the incident is being investigated.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game said a den with two brown bear cubs was found nearby. After the attack, a brown bear arrived in the area and officers responded to the attack by using bear spray, a stimulant that can deter bears, the department said in a statement. The bear is gone, the statement said.
The department said the hair collected during the initial investigation into the attack was consistent with that of a brown bear.
The department said the bear attacked in a remote part of the military base. Cindy Wardlow, a field supervisor for the department, said the information gathered so far suggests it was a “defensive attack by a female bear defending her cubs.”
“We are trying to learn everything we can to increase public safety around wildlife in Alaska,” she said in the statement.
The department said it can kill bears that are considered a threat to public safety or that have been involved in deadly attacks. It said game cameras installed by the department during its investigation indicated that an adult bear had returned to the area and left the den site with the cubs.
The department said the location of the bear involved in Tuesday’s attack is unknown.