Martedì, 17 Ottobre, 2017

Teen Tragically Killed By Black Bear During Alaskan Trail Race

Acilia Dean | 20 Giugno, 2017, 00:13

An annual Father's Day mountain trail race took a tragic turn for an Alaska family when their teenage son was mauled and killed by a large black bear.

Patrick Cooper of Anchorage was attacked Sunday afternoon after he got lost and veered off the trail during the juniors division of the Robert Spurr Memorial Hill Climb race south of Anchorage.

A number of the runners, who had finished the race once hearing the news, helped carry medical equipment onto the mountain for medical personnel. The juvenile's body was transported from the scene and his next of kin was notified. A ranger shot the animal in the face, but it escaped, and a search is launched to locate the animal.

The teenager reportedly sent a text message during the race sometime after noon, saying he was being chased by a bear.

"This is the worst thing that could happen", race director Brad Precosky told ADN.


The 16-year-old was one of dozens of teens competing in the 1.5-mile race through heavily-wooded terrain along Bird Creek Trail.

"A short time later, law enforcement located the juvenile who was deceased from injuries sustained during the bear mauling", the troopers said in a statement. Rangers were still searching for the animal Sunday night.

"This young man didn't do anything wrong", Crockett said. Tom Crockett, Park Ranger, said the bear appeared to be a predatory bear opposed to a defensive, which is rare.

It's unclear how the young runner and the bear encountered each other.

"We know he struck it", he added. He also added that it is hard for anyone to predict how an animal will behave or react to a given situation and which bear is a predator. Many reported seeing bears throughout the race, which includes a 3,400-foot vertical climb spanning three miles up Bird Ridge near Anchorage. "He was just in the wrong place", Crockett told ADN.

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