Bear Chases and Kills 16-Year-Old Alaska Boy During Mountain Race

Bear Chases and Kills 16-Year-Old Alaska Boy During Mountain Race

"People come down off the trail and say they've run into a bear".

"Rangers and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game were still looking for the animal Sunday night on the slope overlooking Turnagain Arm southeast of Anchorage".

While running, the teen got separated from the group and sent a text to his mother, who was also participating in the race, stating that he was being chased by a bear.

Race participants reported seeing several bears along the trail during the race.

As he fled the aggressive animal, Cooper managed to place a desperate call to his brother, saying that the bear was chasing him through the thick forest of Chugach State Park, the Associated Press reported.

The race, which stretches between Anchorage and Girdwood, Alaska, includes heavily wooded terrain and features a 3,400-foot vertical climb. "They were running the race". "I've been running in the mountains for 30 years", Brad Precosky, a race director, said.

Precosky told KTUU there were "a dozen runners" who volunteered to search for the boy, whose Global Positioning System coordinates the family member had on their phone. "There's no safer time to be on a mountain than on a race", he said. The bear came by me, maybe about ten feet away, and then I saw him.

The searchers couldn't get closer, because the bear was remaining in the area where Cooper was laying. Around 90% of deaths by bears in Alaska are caused by brown bears or grizzlies.

"I heard something above me and thought maybe that's him. No motion. He looked very bad".

Later Monday, a second fatal mauling at the hands of a black bear was reported almost 300 miles northeast of Anchorage. "We know he struck it".

"This young man didn't do anything wrong", Crockett said.

"There were probably a dozen mountain runners up there keeping the bear on its toes", Precosky said. That's when the 16-year-old Anchorage boy encountered the black bear that would take his life in a rare predatory attack.

The trail was closed as wildlife officials continued to search for the wounded bear.