UAS professor mauled by bear released from hospital

Forest Wagner

Forest Wagner

A Juneau assistant professor who was mauled by a bear earlier last month was released from the hospital Monday.

Forest Wagner was leading a group of college students on Mount Emmerich near Haines when he was mauled by a brown bear April 18. The trip was part of a University of Alaska Southeast field mountaineering course.

[Students feared bear that attacked teacher had returned.]

The 35-year-old was medevaced to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, where he was originally listed in “critical” condition.

A UAS news release said Wagner is continuing outpatient physical therapy and wound care in Anchorage. In a statement issued to UAS today, Wagner thanked everyone for their support and said, “I’m doing well, currently walking on crutches and scheduled to return to Juneau the week of May 23.”

Wagner has worked at UAS since 2006 teaching courses like outdoor leadership, rock climbing, ice climbing, backcountry navigation and glacier rescue. He’s led many extended expedition courses.

UAS spokesperson Katie Bausler noted in email to media that Wagner is not granting any interviews at this time.

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