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U.S. Army soldier who died after bear attack in Alaska identified as Staff Sgt. Seth Plant

Plant was part of a small group training west of the Anchorage Regional Landfill when the attack occurred.
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/ Source: The Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The soldier who died of injuries sustained in a bear attack Tuesday in Alaska has been identified by the Army as Staff Sgt. Seth Plant.

Plant was part of a small group in a training area west of the Anchorage Regional Landfill when the bear attacked.

His name was initially withheld pending next-of-kin notification.

“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,” said Lt. Col. David J. Nelson, 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment commander. “His loss is deeply felt within our organization and we offer our sincere condolences to friends and family.”

Army Criminal Investigation Division personnel are investigating the attack in conjunction with and with the assistance of the 673d Security Forces Squadron, 673d Civil Engineering Squadron Conservation Law Enforcement Officers, Alaska Wildlife Troopers and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. 

Alaska Wildlife Troopers were searching for the bear in the area, which is closed to the public for all recreation activity.