Woman Mauled By Bear : Gabrielle Markel in fair condition after bear attack near Sterling

Updated: August 7, 2015
Woman Mauled By Bear Gabrielle Markel Alaska jogger survives getting mauled by bear

Woman mauled by bear on Cooper Landing trail.

Gabrielle Markel, 20, was running along a trail with co-worker Kaitlin Haley, 26, around 4.30pm when the brown bear appeared out of nearby brush and attacked.

Ms Markel, who works at the Alaska Wildland Adventures lodge, attempted to repel the animal with pepper spray, while Ms Haley ran for help.

“Haley ran from the scene back to the lodge for help, the bear was still on top of Markel when Haley last saw her,” Alaska State Troopers wrote in an online post about the incident.

“Haley and several other employees ran from the lodge back to the scene of the attack armed with bear spray. As they were advancing up the trail, they saw Markel walking towards them.”

Ms Markel was taken to Providence Alaska Medical Center, where she was treated for bites and scratches on her head, back and arm. She is reported to be in a good condition.

It is believe the women may have startled the bear, leading to the attack.

“We do see bears occasionally on the trail,” Tom Timmel, the general manager of the lodge told Alaska Dispatch News, “but it’s not one where we’re constantly on the lookout. In Alaska, there are bears.”

The trail will remain closed until other factors that may have contributed to the attack, such as animal carcasses in the area, have been ruled out.