Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Black bear kills 16-year-old boy during race on Bird Ridge

Black bear kills 16-year-old boy during race on Bird Ridge

A black bear killed a 16-year-old runner while he was competing in a race in Alaska, authorities have said.

Anchorage television station KTUU reports that the teenager, whose identify has not been released, was a participant in the juniors division of the Robert Spurr Memorial Hill Climb race between Anchorage and Girdwood. This is the limit for the juniors' race and is approximately halfway up the mountain.

"The mother was here with her family, her children", noted Anchorage Police Dept. Sgt. Nathan Mitchell.

Crockett said bear encounters are not common on Bird Ridge. It was not clear how the runner got off the trail, or if he had been chased by the bear to the spot. Sometimes that means nothing. The family member alerted Precosky about the text and a search was immediately executed. "He was very shaken".

Other runners say they had lost the teen in thick brush and, when they came running down the trail to report the attack, runners and officials ran to help. 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.

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A black bear, found near where the runner was laying, scurried off after being shot in the face, park ranger Tom Crockett told the newspaper.

Wildlife and law enforcement officials are still searching for the bear, which they intend to kill if found.

"We know he struck it", he added.

The searchers, who were unarmed, discovered the boy's remains about 500 yards from the trail. His body was airlifted off the mountain.

Further details are not known, but a park ranger has remarked that the young man did not do anything wrong, his only fault was that he happened to be in the wrong place.

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