US soldier killed in bear attack at Alaska base identified

Bear cubs were found near where the attack happened, and a brown bear approached the area after

By Brie Stimson | Fox News

A soldier killed by a bear on a remote part of Alaska’s Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson this week was identified by the U.S. Army on Thursday.

Staff Sgt. Seth Michael Plant, 30, died at a base hospital in Anchorage on Tuesday of injuries sustained during the mauling, which was consistent with a “defensive attack by a female bear protecting her cubs,” the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said.

Plant was originally from Florida and had been at the base since last July. He was an infantryman from the 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment.

This undated photo provided by the U.S. Army, shows Staff Sgt. Seth Michael Plant. The Army says Plant died of injuries sustained in a bear attack on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, while working in a military training area in Anchorage, Alaska.

This undated photo provided by the U.S. Army, shows Staff Sgt. Seth Michael Plant. The Army says Plant died of injuries sustained in a bear attack on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, while working in a military training area in Anchorage, Alaska. (U.S. Army via AP)

Plant “always had a smile on his face, he always went above and beyond what was asked of him, and he served as an inspiration to all who had the privilege to know him,” Lt. Col. David J. Nelson, 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment commander said in a statement.

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