Polar bear kills woman, boy in Alaska

Polar bear kills woman, juvenile in Wales
Published: Jan. 17, 2023 at 11:41 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 18, 2023 at 10:49 PM EST
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WALES, Alaska (KTUU) - Alaska State Troopers have identified the woman and her 1-year-old son who were attacked and killed by a polar bear in a remote village.

Troopers wrote in a dispatch they received the report at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. The incident happened in Wales, a remote village on the western tip of the Seward Peninsula, KTUU reports.

Troopers say the polar bear entered the community and chased multiple residents. The attack occurred in the village near a school.

On Wednesday, troopers identified the victims as 24-year-old Summer Myomick, of St. Michael, and her 1-year-old son Clyde Ongtowasruk. The pair were walking between the clinic and the school when the attack occurred.

The bear was shot and killed by a resident as it attacked the two, according to troopers.

Troopers and the Department of Fish and Game are planning to travel to Wales, once weather permits. The remains of both victims will be taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy.