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Teen Thought He Was Going To Die In Alaska Bear Attack

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - One of the teens attacked by a grizzly in the Alaska wilderness says he thought he was spending his last moments on earth as the bear furiously thrashed him around, left, then returned to maul him some more.

Seventeen-year-old Sam Gottsegen of Denver tells The Associated Press from his hospital bed in Anchorage that he thought "this just can't be the end" during the mauling on Saturday night.

He kicked at the grizzly. The bear also seriously injured three other teens.

Authorities believe the bear was aggressive because it was with its cub. Gottsegen says no one ever saw a cub.

The teens were rescued early Sunday from the Talkeetna Mountains north of Anchorage. They were near the end of a 30-day backcountry course.

      
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