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JUL 21, 2014 - Boston Herald

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Soldier mauled by bear was wearing protective gear

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Officials say a 26-year-old Alaska Army National Guard soldier was wearing a combat helmet and other protective gear when he was attacked by a bear while participating in a training exercise at a military base.Sgt. Lucas Wendeborn of Valdez is being treated for puncture wounds and lacerations after the mauling Sunday at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Base officials say the female brown bear was defending her two cubs.Guard spokeswoman Candis Olmstead says Wendeborn's injuries are not life-threatening.

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