A bear attacked a U.S. Army soldier during a training exercise at an Alaska military base, and the soldier died from the injuries, officials said.

Officials from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage confirmed the soldier’s death on Tuesday, May 10.

Here’s what the officials said in a news release:

The Soldier was part of a small group training in Training Area 412. The name of the Soldier is being withheld pending next-of-kin notification.”

The Army in a statement said Staff Sgt. Seth Michael Plant, 30, was pronounced dead at a hospital in Anchorage following the mauling Tuesday.

Staff Sgt. Seth Michael Plant, 30, was pronounced dead at an Anchorage hospital following the mauling Tuesday, according to the Army.

Military officials said Plant joined the Army in 2015 after a stint in the reserves and had served at Fort Benning, Georgia, and Fort Bragg, North Carolina prior to coming to Alaska.

Lt. Col. David J. Nelson, 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment commander, said Plant “always had a smile on his face, he always went above and beyond what was asked of him, and he served as an inspiration to all who had the privilege to know him.”

The plant was a decorated soldier who received the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Service Ribbon, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and Parachutist Badge, among others.

Here’s what Nelson said:

“Staff Sgt. Plant was an integral part of our organization. He was a positive and dedicated leader who brought joy and energy to the paratroopers who served with him. His loss is deeply felt within our organization and we offer our sincere condolences to friends and family.”

The Army says the mauling is being investigated. Another soldier received minor injuries in the attack in a training area west of the Anchorage landfill, according to the Army.

The training area was shut down for all recreational activities for Alaska Wildlife Troopers to search for the bear, officials said.

Alaska’s Department of Fish and Game estimates that 30,000 bears wander the state. Wildlife officials say brown bears and grizzlies can be seen “almost everywhere” in the state.

Sources: Scallywagandvagabond, Wmur, Abcnews

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