Rockland teen mauled by bear in Alaska

A teen from Rockland County is fighting for his life today after being mauled by a grizzly bear in Alaska over the weekend.

Joshua Berg, 17, of New City, put all of his outdoor training skills to work Saturday night after he and several other students were attacked.

Berg was in his 24th day of a 30-day outdoor skills training course. He was enrolled in the National Outdoor Leadership School, whose mission is to teach the techniques needed to explore the great outdoors including navigation, surviving the elements and dealing with animal life, including bears.

The spokesperson for the National Outdoor Leadership School says the seven-member group was crossing a river when it was attacked without warning by a mother grizzly walking with her cub. The bear seriously injured two of the seven, including Berg.

Berg's parents are on their way to Alaska to be with their son. He underwent eight hours of surgery and is listed in serious but stable condition.

To watch an extended interview with the spokesman of the National Outdoor Leadership School, go to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.

Rockland County teen mauled by grizzly bear

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