Bartlett Regional Hospital on Tuesday, April 23, 2019. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Bartlett Regional Hospital on Tuesday, April 23, 2019. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Man reports being bitten by bear

First responders say he suffered superficial wounds.

A man was taken to the hospital after he reported being bitten by a bear Friday night, according to Capital City Fire/Rescue.

In a social media post shared shortly after the incident, CCFR said first responders were called to the Switzer Creek area Friday night to a report of a man bitten by a bear. The man suffered superficial wounds, according to CCFR.

CCFR assistant chief Chad Cameron said in a phone interview Saturday the call came in at 11:15 p.m. The caller said he was sleeping in his residence in Switzer Village, when he was bitten by a bear, Cameron said.

The man declined to be taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital by first responders, Cameron said, but he was taken there by a family member for evaluation and treatment. A Bartlett Regional Hospital spokesperson did not return a message seeking comment.

JPD public safety manager Erann Kalwara said in an email Monday that by the time officers reached the scene, the bear was no longer in the residence.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game was notified of the incident, Kalwara said.

• Contact Ben Hohenstatt at (907)308-4895.

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