Troopers: Pipeline worker mauled by black bear

    Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) - The company that operates the trans-Alaska pipeline system says a contract worker was mauled by a bear and seriously injured while running on a public road near a pump station.

    The worker was identified by Alaska State Troopers as 53-year-old Michael Becwar of Wasilla.

    Katie Pesznecker with Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. said Tuesday that Becwar is expected to recover.

    She says the attack happened Friday evening on a recreation route for employees based at remote Pump Station 5.

    She says the station is on the south side of the Brooks Range.

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