Teen texts family: I'm being chased by a bear

Teen texts family: I'm being chased by a bear

Teen texts family: I'm being chased by a bear

A 16-year-old runner was killed when participating in the juniors division of the Robert Spurr Memorial Hill Climb in Alaska this weekend.

According to KTUU and ADN, the victim made it to the halfway point turnaround and was on his way down when he texted his mother about being chased by a bear around 12:37 p.m.

According to KTVA, Cooper called his brother during the race to tell him he was being attacked by a bear.

►Make it easy to keep up to date with more stories like this. A park ranger confirmed shooting at a 250-pound bear. Precosky said the bear was found at the site, guarding the body.

"The mother was here with her family, her children", he said.

"It did definitely take a slug strike to the face when the ranger fired on it", Crockett said. A "very shaken" relative-it's unclear who-told race director Brad Precosky what was going on. Rangers were still searching for the animal Sunday night.

"The bear was remaining in the area where the young man was laying", said Tom Crockett, a park ranger with Chugach State Park.

A teen who was running a trail race in Alaska was killed after being chased and mauled by a black bear, according to news reports. Sometimes that means nothing; other times, it's really serious.

The boy's death comes almost a month after a Canadian man survived a black bear attack.

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The identity of the teenager has not been released, but race officials told the newspaper the boy was attacked while descending Bird Ridge overlooking the Seward Highway near Anchorage. Both juniors and adults ascend the Bird Ridge trail, then descend at their leisure for the event. If it's outside, it's worth doing. Like nots: neckties, escalators, manicured lawns.

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