That is an improvement from the morning, when he was in critical condition. “I am very proud of them”, he said.
Mr Wagner is the second man to be attacked by a bear in Alaska within days.
Wagner was transferred between two helicopters and was first reported to be headed to Juneau before he was taken to Anchorage, roughly 500 miles away. In this case, a student had to hike down the mountain, then two troopers in Haines contracted with a helicopter company from Juneau that was used to take Wagner down into Haines to a waiting medical helicopter.
The bear was sighted again after the mauling, Bausler said.
After the professor was airlifted, the mother bear allegedly came back to the area, prompting a trooper to provide extra security to the remaining students and teaching assistants.
It took over four hours to get Wagner to an Anchorage hospital.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says it doesn’t have an official database to keep track of bear attacks but the most recent death was that of 64-year-old Robert Weaver, who was killed by a black bear in June 2013 at George Lake near Delta Junction. Bohn was driven by snowmobile to the Denali Highway where a LifeMed Alaska helicopter flew him to an Anchorage hospital. No students were hurt.
Alaska State Troopers reported they were called to rescue Wagner. A spokeswoman said the school group was spread out on the mountain and it was unclear if anyone witnessed the attack.
Wagner, 35, is recovering at an Anchorage hospital and has declined interview requests.
This story has been corrected to show that Wagner grew up in Fairbanks but now lives in Juneau per new information from authorities and that the group with Wagner included 11 students and two teaching assistants. Local police received a call just before noon on Monday from a student who had hiked down to get a phone signal.
Wagner teaches outdoor studies at the University of Alaska Southeast, including mountaineering, backcountry navigation, glacier travel, and rock climbing, according to the Journal-Constitution.
University of Alaska Southeast Chancellor Rick Caulfield talks to a group of students who safely returned to Juneau from a remote mountaineering class on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, in Juneau, Alaska.
His condition was not immediately available, but the university said he was stable.