On Tuesday of this week, a mother and her one-year-old son were attacked and killed by a polar bear.
The tragic event took place in the small, remote Alaskan community of Wells. In 2014, the population was estimated at 149.
to me CNN A polar bear entered the settlement and began chasing the inhabitants.
Police in Alaska, called State Troops, He writes in a statement that a local resident shot and killed the bear after the fatal attack on the mother and son.
Camouflage in a blizzard
Sky News He writes that the mother and son were on their way from the local school when the attack occurred. They were supposed to go to a health clinic 150 meters down the street.
It’s believed that the snowstorm and poor visibility prevented the mother from seeing the polar bear coming, as it was “camouflaged by snow,” according to Alaska State Troopers spokesman Austin McDaniel.
Furthermore, Sky News writes that people rushed to the school building when the bear was spotted.
The school principal is said to have removed the curtains to prevent children from watching the brutal attack outside.
It is said that several adults nonetheless ran out with shovels in an attempt to scare the bear away.
– She was proud of the children
Now the two victims have been identified as 24-year-old Summer Miomik and 1-year-old Clyde Ongtwasrock.
Friends of the victims are now starting to get pennies on the fundraising site GoFundMe.
Summer was a devoted mother to three-year-old daughter Avatia and one-year-old Clyde. She was kind and loved by everyone in St Michael’s Village – her second home in Wales. A young mom was incredibly proud of her two young children,” organizer Cynthia Hare wrote on the site.
She also says that the money raised will help the Myomick and Ongtowasruk families through the difficult times ahead.
“Baby Clyde was so alive and was a great joy for all of us. Summer was survived by her parents, three brothers, three sisters, partner Clyde II, and daughter Avatia. Baby Clyde was survived by his father Clyde II, his three-year-old sister Avatia, and his grandparents.”
Sent for autopsy
According to Alaska State Troopers, the attack should have occurred near the town’s school.
Furthermore, it is reported that the mother and her son were taken to the state coroner’s office for an autopsy.
CNN writes that polar bear attacks are very rare. They refer to a study from 2017, published in Wildlife Society:
– From 1870 to 2014, we documented 73 attacks of wild polar bears, distributed across Canada, Greenland, Norway, Russia and the USA. As a result, 20 people were killed and 63 people were injured.
Killed in Svalbard
late as in In 2020, Dutch citizen Johan Jacobus Cotte (38 years old) was killed by a polar bear At a campsite outside Longyearbyen in Svalbard.
He was lying in his tent when the bear attacked.
People shot the polar bear on the spot before it headed towards the nearby airport. The polar bear died of his injuries.
In 2011, a 17-year-old British boy was killed by a polar bear. During a school trip to the island. The teenager, like Kootte, is said to have been attacked in a tent.
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