A group of bears charged a hiker in Alaska while she was lost. She was later found alive, but injured.
A black bear in Alaska on August 22, 2013. Wolfgang Kaehler / LightRocket via Getty Images
Fina Kiefer, 55, called her husband with news that she was charged by bears on a hiking trail in Alaska.
She said her bear spray stopped the animals but then stopped responding to her husband's messages.
A day later, state troopers and volunteers located an injured jaw a mile from the trail.
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A woman hiking the Pioneer Ridge Trail in Alaska went missing but was later found injured after notifying her husband that she was attacked by a group of bears.
Fina Kiefer's husband, 55, reported her missing to the Alaska Department of Public Safety at 1am on Tuesday.
Before he alerted the officers, Kiefer was able to contact him and said "several" bears had charged them and she had scared them off with bear spray. The 12-mile trail she hiked had a "hard" difficulty rating, and local officials mention the potential for bear and moose sightings on the area's website, CNN reported.
But after that first call to her husband, Kiefer stopped responding, prompting him to send a missing person report.
State troopers went in search of Kiefer while the Alaska Air National Guard searched from the sky. When they found no trace of the woman, volunteers from the Alaska Mountain Rescue Group, Anchorage Nordic Ski Patrol, and Alaska Solstice Search Dogs joined in to help, according to the public safety report.
After the mission was briefly interrupted on Wednesday afternoon in bad weather, a volunteer found Pine leaving the forest. It was a mile from the starting point.
After the rescue, Kiefer was reportedly taken to a local hospital for treatment for undisclosed injuries.
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