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Jul 24, 2011, 7:29 PM
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Bear Attack during NOLS Course :(
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4 teens badly hurt in attack by brown bears in Alaskan wilderness

(CNN) -- A brown bear and her cub mauled a group of teenage boys deep in the Alaskan wilderness, forcing rescuers to scramble early Sunday to help the injured.

Two of the teens, participating in a survival skills course, suffered life-threatening injuries, Alaska State Troopers said in a press release. The injuries to two others were described as "serious, but non-life-threatening," while three had minor injuries or exposure-related issues.

The National Outdoor Leadership School -- whose program the boys were participating in -- claimed in a statement that four people were hurt in the attack.

The mauling occurred around 8:30 p.m. Saturday as the teenagers were crossing a creek in a remote area about 45 miles northeast of Talkeetna. There were no instructors with the group, which was on the 24th of a 30-day backpacking course to learn about teamwork and wilderness-related skills, according to the Wyoming-based program.

The teens told state troopers that they were crossing the river in a line when the bears attacked. Those in front got the worst of the assault.

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