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Contract Alaska pipeline worker mauled by black bear

FAIRBANKS, ALASKA - SEPTEMBER 17: A part of the Trans Alaska Pipeline System is seen on September 17, 2019 in Fairbanks, Alaska. The 800-mile-long pipeline carries oil from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

By BECKY BOHRER Associated Press
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — 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 incident 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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