Polar bear attack in Alaskan town kills woman, boy; animal shot

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A polar bear chasing residents around a small Alaskan town attacked and killed two people before being shot Tuesday, authorities said.

According to a report from the Alaska Department of Public Safety, the attack took place in Wales, a small community on the western tip of Alaska’s Seward Peninsula.

“Initial reports indicate that a polar bear had entered the community and chased several residents,” the Ministry of Public Security wrote in its statement. “The bear fatally attacked an adult female and a young male – he was shot and killed by a local resident when he attacked the pair.”

The attack was reported to the Alaska State Troopers at 2:30 p.m. local time, according to the dispatch center.

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The names and ages of the woman and boy have not been released. On Tuesday afternoon, the state Department of Public Security said “reports from next of kin are still ongoing.”

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