Polar Bear Attacks And Kills Woman & Boy In Small Seward Peninsula Village Of Wales

Troopers Say Polar Bear Chased People Down   Bear Shot & Killed By Local Resident  Weather Keeping Troopers & Fish & Game Away  ...

Troopers Say Polar Bear Chased People Down  

Bear Shot & Killed By Local Resident 

Weather Keeping Troopers & Fish & Game Away 



Update 1/18/23: 

Poor weather conditions in the region and the lack of runway lights in Wales prevented Troopers and Alaska Department of Fish and Game personnel from making it to Wales. Troopers are continuing to make efforts to fly to Wales today. 

The adult female killed in the attack is identified as 24-year-old Saint Michael resident Summer Myomick. The juvenile is identified as her 1-year-old son Clyde Ongtowasruk. Next of kin has been notified. The attack reportedly occurred in the village near the school. The US Fish and Wildlife Service has been notified of the incident. 

Location: Wales

Type: Fatal Bear Attack

Dispatch Text:

On January 17, 2023, at 2:30 pm, the Alaska State Troopers received a report of a polar bear attack in Wales. Initial reports indicate that a polar bear had entered the community and had chased multiple residents. 

The bear fatally attacked an adult female and juvenile male – it was shot and killed by a local resident as it attacked the pair. Troopers and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are working to travel to Wales as weather conditions allow. Next of kin notifications are still in progress.

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