Bear reportedly kills teen runner during race

Bear reportedly kills teen runner during race”

He was making his way back down the mountain when he came across the black bear, the paper reported.

Black bears can grow up to six feet long and weigh up to 600 pounds.

After and extended search, the boy's body was eventually located off the main trail, about a mile up the path.

According to Chugach State Park ranger Tom Crockett, the bear escaped after another ranger shot it in the face.

Alaska authorities have identified a 16-year-old boy who was fatally mauled by a black bear during a weekend mountain race as Patrick Cooper of Anchorage.

"I've been running the mountains for 30 years", Bard Percosky, the race director, told KTUU News.

The boy's remains were airlifted from the scene by the Alaskan Air National Guard, according to the Alaska Dispatch News.

No names have been released.

The investigation into the mauling is continuing. Crockett said. "You can't predict which bear is going to be predatory". Around 90% of deaths by bears in Alaska are caused by brown bears or grizzlies. There could have been. "All I knew was there was a boy missing, and missing in bear country".

John Weddleton, a spectator at the event, found the boy's body and saw the bear responsible for the attack just 10 feet away. Wildlife officials urge people not to surprise or approach bears.

Areas where wilderness races such as Sunday's take place are inherently risky when it comes to bear encounters, Precosky said. The grizzly that attacked them had two cubs with her, and also later attacked officers. However, the bear ran away after getting hit in the face.

But competitors often train alone in such areas and are fully aware of the dangers. The animals are not known to stalk humans, especially so close to a noisy event with cheering spectators.

The teenager, who police said is from Alaska, reportedly sent a text message to his mother during his descent of the trail after the all-uphill race sometime around 12:30. It's challenging terrain, and in 29 years many say this territory has never been a big problem.

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