Black bears kill two in Alaska, including teenager in extreme race

Black bears kill two in Alaska, including teenager in extreme race

In the USA state of Alaska black bear killed a 16-year-old participant of the mass of the race over rough terrain.

Cooper was attacked Sunday (18 June) after getting lost and veering off the trail during the juniors division of the Robert Spurr Memorial Hill Climb race south of Anchorage, CBS News reported.

The teen's body was found by the responders approximately "a mile up the path at about 1,500 vertical feet".

Alaska state troopers released a statement saying the boy's remains were transported from the scene and his next of kin were notified. One of the park rangers who responded shot the bear in its face, but that did not kill the animal.

On Monday, a contract employee hired to take geological samples was killed and another person was injured in a black bear attack 300 miles north of Anchorage, the AP reports.

Rangers say the bear's attack was an unusual predatory move and that the noise of the runners during a race usually keeps bears away. Alaska State Troopers and federal mine officials are investigating the mauling at Pogo Mine. Black bears killed three. The bear came by me, maybe about ten feet away, and then I saw him.

Matt Wedeking, division operations manager with Alaska State Parks, said the predatory behavior of the bear in the attack on the teen was not normal. "The officers went down, very guarded, and located the victim", Anchorage Police Sergeant Nathan Mitchell said. When they got to the right spot, he lay motionless, a 250-pound black bear standing over him. "It's sort of like someone being struck by lightning".

It was the first fatal bear mauling in the state in four years, according to The Associated Press. "All I knew was there was a boy missing, and missing in bear country". "In the entire history of the race I've never known of any bear incidents", Precosky told The Alaska Dispatch News.

Precosky said a thorough search was conducted when emergency services arrived, KTUU reports. Bear sightings are common in that part of Alaska, and runners know to be wary, Precosky said. He said that there might not be a safer time to be on a mountain than during a race.

Authorities said could only send a team of six people to retrieve Cooper because the terrain on the mountain was so rugged.

"The longer you stand there, even if it's running toward you, the greater chance the bear will stop short or go around", he said.