Black bear attacks are rare, but Alaska has had two in just as many days.
Since 1880, only six deaths in the state have been linked to a black bear, the Alaska Dispatch News reports.
The victim of the latest attack, which unfolded about 340 miles (550km) north of Anchorage, has not yet been identified.
Another mine employee suffered “non-life-threatening injuries” in the incident, reports the Daily News-Miner.
Employees of the underground mine shot and killed the black bear.
After the attack, 24 other mine workers were recalled to the main camp, the newspaper reports. [Continued]