U.S. Army Soldier Killed In Alaska Bear Attack

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Staff Sgt Seth Michael Plant, 30, taking part in training exercises near the Anchorage Regional Landfill has died of injuries suffered in a bear attack. The Army paratrooper and veteran of the war in Afghanistan was attacked on Tuesday believed by a brown bear protecting her cubs

"Staff Sgt Plant was an integral part of our organisation," his commander, Lt Col David Nelson, said in a statement on Thursday.

"He was a positive and dedicated leader who brought joy and energy to the paratroopers who served with him," he continued, adding that "his loss is deeply felt".

The New York Times, citing an Alaska Wildlife Trooper, reported that the men were attacked after stumbling upon the bear den while scouting a possible wilderness training site.

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