On Wednesday, an Alaska State Trooper and a representative from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game were able to land in Wales, Alaska to investigate the polar bear attack that left a young mother and her child dead on Tuesday, in what was described by Must Read Alaska sources as an extremely gory scene in an attack that went on for some time near the entrance to the school in that remote village.
The bear had chased other residents in the village during a blinding ground storm, and then came upon Summer Myomick, 24, and her son, Clyde Ongtowasruk, age 1, as the two were walking from the school to the clinic. Myomick was from St. Michael, 232 miles away, but split her time between the two communities.
The mauling took place near the Kingikmiut School front door. The bear had also tried to enter the school at one point and the principal slammed the door shut before the bear could get in, had all the blinds shut in the building, and kept everyone away from windows. People inside the school were not able to save the two mauling victims because the bear was an immediate threat and there were no adequate weapons inside the school.
After the mauling, the polar bear was shot and killed by a Wales resident who had a large-caliber firearm and took the bear down while it was consuming its prey, Must Read Alaska has learned.
Troopers and Alaska Department of Fish and Game were able to get to Wales after weather improved. The runway lights were out in Wales, limiting the ability of pilots to get into the village, due to the approximately five hours of actual daylight this week in that village, which is the farthest-west community on the North American continent. Wales is located on the Seward Peninsula and facing Little Diomede Island, 26.5 miles to the west.
The remains of the young mother and child were sent to the medical examiner. Fish and Game is assisting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as polar bears are federally managed as a marine mammal. Officials took samples from the bear for a necropsy, which may determine if the bear was hungry, rabid, injured, or was just an aggressive predator.
At this time of year, most polar bears are out on the sea ice hunting seals. There is no lack of sea ice off of Wales at this time of year, but many liberal news outlets are suggesting that the bear attack is a result of climate change. This attack is the first reported in Alaska for over three decades. The last attack was in Point Lay, in 1990, when a 28-year-old man was killed while walking in the village, which is 300 miles north of Wales.