U.S. Soldier Mauled By Bear During Training Exercise

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (July 21, 2014) A National Guard soldier who was mauled by a bear while participating in a training exercise at a military base in Alaska was in stable condition.

The female brown bear was defending her cubs when it mauled the Alaska Army National Guard soldier Sunday morning at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, officials said.

The soldier's name wasn’t released.

The soldier was participating in a navigation exercise in which the troops are given compasses and maps and then timed as they make their way alone to locations on the course.

Sunday's attack was the second mauling at the base in about two months.

Jessica Gamboa, a soldier's wife, was badly mauled May 18 as she jogged on a trail.

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