UAS Assistant Professor Forest Wagner released from hospital

    The condition of the UAS assistant professor mauled by a bear during a mountaineering class is continuing to improve, and he's about to be on his way back to Juneau.

    Posted Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 4:45pm by Lance David

    The condition of the UAS assistant professor mauled by a bear during a mountaineering class is continuing to improve, and he's about to be on his way back to Juneau.

    According to a press release from the University of Alaska Southeast, 35-year-old Forest Wagner was released from Providence Hospital in Anchorage Monday. He is continuing outpatient physical therapy and wound care in Anchorage.

    Wagner was mauled by a brown bear Monday, April 18 during a field mountaineering course near Haines and medevaced to Providence Hospital. In a statement issued May 11, Wagner said, “Thank you to everyone for the overwhelming amount of support. I’m doing well, currently walking on crutches and scheduled to return to Juneau the week of May 23.”

    Alaska State Troopers and university officials coordinated with Temsco Helicopters to evacuate the class group from the area. Students returned to Juneau with UAS Professor Kevin Krein on Tuesday, April 19 via ferry as previously planned.

    Haines is located 92 miles north of Juneau and is only accessible from Alaska’s capital city via air or sea.

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