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Montana deer hunter rescued after attack by Kodiak bears

A Montana man badly mauled in a bear attack in a remote region of Kodiak Island and unable to get help holed up in a cabin with his hunting partner for two days before being rescued Tuesday afternoon, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Matthew T. Sutton, 31, was attacked by three bears &mdash a sow and two cubs — Sunday while hauling a deer carcass he had killed to the beach along Viekoda Bay near the Rolling Point cabin, troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said.

"Originally, it was a cub that knocked him over and then he stood up and I believe he yelled something at the bears, and then all three of the bears attacked him," Peters said.

Family friend Wanda Merja, reached at Sutton's home in Great Falls, Mont., Tuesday evening, said Sutton had just come to Alaska on the hunting trip Thursday. Sutton had been bitten and clawed on an arm, leg and the back of his neck during the attack, she said. Troopers characterized the injuries as non-life-threatening.

Sutton was picked up by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter and flown to Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center. Sutton's family had spoken to him briefly there while he was medicated but didn't have the full details of what happened, she said.

"He just got cornered by a bear, dragging a deer out, and the bears attacked him," Merja said. "At the moment, he was alone and he got away and he made it back to the cabin."

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