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Soldier killed by bear on Alaska base was parachute infantryman mauled near brown bear den

The soldier killed Tuesday by a bear in a remote corner of was a 30-year-old who had deployed to Afghanistan and had been stationed in Alaska for under a year.

Staff Sgt. Seth Michael Plant served with the 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, according to U.S. Army Alaska.

Plant died Tuesday as he and two others were preparing for upcoming training in a remote area of the base west of the Anchorage Regional Landfill. He was part of a small group in the area, authorities said, when he and another soldier came in proximity to the bear’s den.

Plant was declared dead at the base hospital. The other soldier, who was not identified, suffered minor injuries, according to Army officials.

Investigators with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game believe a sow with cubs was involved in the attack.

The bear had not been

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