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Official calls woman's efforts to get help after bear attack on Anchorage military base heroic

Mark Sledge, the senior Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson conservation law enforcement officer is shown during a news conference at the base Monday, May 19, 2014, in Anchorage, Alaska. Sledge spoke a day after a woman was attacked by a brown bear with two cubs in tow on the base. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

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Mark Sledge, the senior Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson conservation law enforcement officer is shown during a news conference at the base Monday, May 19, 2014, in Anchorage, Alaska. Sledge spoke a day after a woman was attacked by a brown bear with two cubs in tow on the base. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska - A woman attacked by a brown bear on an Alaska military base struggled to walk 2 miles (3 kilometres) on a windy, uphill path to get help, officials said Monday.

The woman's efforts to get aid after an approximately 8-foot (2.5-meter) bear swiped at her were nothing short of heroic, Mark Sledge, base conservation law enforcement officer, said at a news conference.

The woman, who has asked that her identity not be released, suffered lacerations to her neck, arms and legs and was hospitalized in stable condition at the Alaska Native Medical Center, Maj. Angela Webb told The Associated Press.

Sledge said the woman is lucky to be alive and adds that her will to survive is "just amazing."

The woman and her soldier husband were jogging late Sunday morning on the northern part of the base when they became separated. The woman happened upon the bear, which had two cubs with her.

The bear swiped at her once. A passer-by picked up the woman and took her to the base hospital. She was later transferred to the Anchorage facility.

"It was very quick, and she didn't remember much," Webb said of the attack and what the woman could recall.

Base officials have closed recreational areas around the part of the base where the attack took place, and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson police are asking anyone to come forward if they witnessed the encounter.

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