Alaska Hiker Chased Off Trail by Bears

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska hiker who reported needing help following bear encounters on a trail reached a road and flagged down help Wednesday, authorities said.

      Bill Laxson, an Alaska Mountain Rescue Group member involved in the search, said that bear encounters pushed Kiefer off the trail and that she was not able to find her way back to the trail so she had to keep going downhill.

      “And she spent two days wading through brush,” he said.

      A volunteer search and rescue member notified Alaska State Troopers Wednesday evening that Fina Kiefer had walked out of the woods, about a mile from the trail head, and flagged him down for help, according to information released by the troopers and Alaska National Guard.

      The troopers said Kiefer, 55, from Palmer, was injured and taken to a hospital for evaluation. The injuries were believed to have been caused by a fall while descending a mountain, troopers spokesperson Austin McDaniel said by email.

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