A 64-year-old Fairbanks man was killed late Thursday by a black bear. That's according to a news release issued by the Alaska State Troopers.
Troopers received a report of an animal attack around 6:45 p.m. and responded to the area of George Lake near Delta Junction. The man has been identified as George Weaver of Fairbanks.
Troopers say a second unidentified individual was on-scene at the time of the attack. That person was inside of a cabin in the area when they called for help.
When authorities arrived, they found Weaver's body outside of the cabin, the caller still inside, but no bear in the area.
As Alaska Wildlife Troopers were conducting a death investigation, a black bear wandered on scene, and was killed by Troopers. They say it's unknown if that bear was the same animal that reportedly mauled Weaver.
Next of kin was on scene and notified of the death then transported to safety.
Weaver's body was transported to the State Medical Examiner's office in Anchorage for autopsy.
The bear's remains were transported to Fairbanks for a necropsy by the Department of Fish and Game.