A US Army soldier has died after being attacked by a bear in Alaska.

The official was attacked by the beast during a training exercise at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage on May 10.

JBER spokesman Eric Eaton said the soldier died of their injuries.

They were training with a small group at the time of the attack.

They have not been identified as officials contact the soldier’s next-of-kin.

Officials say the beast remains on the loose and is being hunted by Troopers, KTUU reports.

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The species of the bear remains unknown.

Around 100,000 black bears live in Alaska and the state is home to at least 40,000 grizzlies.

The attack took place at Area 412 and it will remain closed to the public.

Officials will release more information when it becomes available.

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In October 2021, a cyclist was bitten by a 500lb bear while riding his bike in Cantwell.

Alaska Department of Public Safety officials said in a statement: "The bear made contact and bit the victim's lower leg, just below his knee."

The cyclist was carrying a gun but didn't open fire toward the animal.

And last July, Richard Jessee survived a bear attack that happened near his cabin.

He was riding his ATV when the beast pounced.

He told Nome Nugget: "The bear came out of nowhere. It rolled my bike and the trailer over like it was a toy car.

"I was in shock and hypothermic."

Jessee managed to take shelter in his log cabin and placed a piece of wood on his roof that read SOS.

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Days later, he was rescued by Coast Guard officials.

At least eight fatal attacks were recorded between 2000 and 2017 in the state.

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