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Fatal bear attack at Greens Creek Mine

North of 60 Mining News – October 5, 2018


Last updated 9/25/2020 at 6:46am

Kevyn Jalone; U.S. National Park Service

Despite the roughly 1,600 brown bears on Admiralty Island where Greens Creek is located, the fatal incident on Oct. 1 is the first encounter with bears by mine employees or contractors that resulted in injury.

An 18-year-old man was fatally attacked by a female brown bear with two cubs while working at a remote drill site on Hecla Mining Company's Greens Creek silver mine property in Southeast Alaska.

The mauling victim, identified as Anthony Montoya from Hollis, Oklahoma, works for Timberline Drilling, an Idaho-based company that carries out surface drilling at Greens Creek.

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