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Boy killed by bear identified as Anchorage teen

Boy killed by bear identified as Anchorage teen”

In the aftermath of the attack, Chugach State Park ranger Tom Crockett said that Cooper had done no wrong to provoke or warrant an attack - that he was simply in the wrong place with the wrong bear at the wrong time.

The ominous text message came in to Brad Precosky's phone just before 3 p.m. on Sunday. Guarding the body. Coordinates were correct.

Talk calmly, especially if it's clear the bear is in defensive mode.

Experts say Cooper's death was all too common, however, in that it involved someone hurt or killed by bears while running, hiking or backpacking.

The paper further reports, "The family member had Global Positioning System coordinates from the missing runner's phone that helped guide searchers to the area where his phone was". "All I knew was there was a boy missing, and missing in bear country". A hunt was under way to find and kill the wounded animal.

The boy's remains were airlifted from the scene. He was identified by police on Sunday evening.

Park rangers soon arrived at the site, and one of them shot the bear in the face with a shotgun to scare it away from the body.

Rangers do not know why the bear attacked the runner.

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State Fish and Game spokesman Ken Marsh told reporters that state park staffers were searching the area Monday for the bear.

Marsh goes on to explain that maulings are infrequent and rare, "It's very unusual". "It's sort of like someone being struck by lightning".

The race director told KTUU that the runner was beginning his descent near the halfway point on Bird Ridge Trail, which takes runners up a mountain that rises over the Seward Highway between Anchorage and Girdwood.

It's a challenging competition. As for the ascent, that's a 3,400-foot vertical climb that spans three miles for adult racers and half that for juniors, those who are 17 and younger taking on the mountain.

Officials say the 16-year-old boy, whose name was not released, was on his way back down the trail when he became separated from the other runners.

A 16-year-boy has died after being mauled by a "predatory" black bear as he took part in a mountain race. His fellow competitors had lost him in thick brush.

KTVA News reported that Patrick's brother told the race officials about the call and asked them for help.

"There was a brown bear sighting, there was a black bear with cubs sighting", Precosky said.



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