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Joint Base Lewis-McChord employee injured in bear attack on base

A black bear, Ursus americanus, ambles about a state park

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) — A training area at Joint Base Lewis-McChord was closed after an employee encountered a bear and was taken to the hospital.

Base officials closed Engineer Bluff on the Lewis Main training area Thursday afternoon. They said a civilian employee was on the trails of the bluff early in the afternoon when he was attacked by a bear. He was taken to the Madigan Army Medical Center where he’s receiving medical care for non-life-threatening injuries.

Officials closed all gates into Engineer Bluff for the next week.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Washington State Department of Natural Resources will attempt to trap the bear and remove it from the area.

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3 comments

  • Ed VanDyke

    That’s an interesting, informative ‘First heads-up’.. But I can’t wait to hear some details. Like what kind of bear (that particular pic looks like a ‘black’), How big/old [he] (?) was, and how he came to be living in that part of the state/forest this spring….I don’t need a full Discovery Channel documentary. But how about something more than: “BEAR ATTACK MAN. MAN OKAY…MEN WILL GET BEAR. BEAR OKAY…” :)