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Officials in Alaska find brown bear dead 100 yards from site where it mauled Texas hunter


SOLDOTNA, Alaska — Wildlife officials on Alaska's Kenai (KEY'-neye) Peninsula say a brown bear that mauled a Texas hunter this week has died from gunshot wounds.

The adult female bear was found Wednesday mortally wounded about 100 yards from the attack site in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge after being shot. Officials say two bullet wounds were found in the bear.

There were no signs of her cubs. Game officials said the bear was not actively nursing, suggesting the cubs were at least yearlings and possibly 2- or 3-year-olds old.

Gregory Matthews of Plano (PLAY'-noh), Texas, is recovering at a nearby hospital after being attacked Tuesday while moose hunting.

Matthews was hunting with his brother when the attack happened, and both men say they fired at the bear.

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