Condition of professor mauled by bear upgraded

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The condition of an assistant university professor who was mauled by a bear in southeast Alaska is improving.

A spokesman at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage says 35-year-old Forest Wagner's condition has been upgraded to serious.

A University of Alaska Southeast spokeswoman says Wagner was with a group of students and teaching assistants leading a mountaineering course on Mount Emmerich near Haines, Alaska, when he was attacked by a sow with two cubs. No students were hurt.

Alaska State Troopers reported they were called to rescue Wagner. A spokeswoman said the school group was spread out on the mountain and it was unclear if anyone witnessed the attack.

An Alaska Department of Fish and Game spokesman says a biologist plans to interview the students about the attack after they return to Juneau.