A 16-year-old kid was mauled and killed by a bear amid a running race in Alaska at the weekend, figuring out how to text his family as the assault was under way, experts said Monday.
Patrick Cooper, of Anchorage, was contending in the yearly mountain race on Sunday that experiences rough landscape when he evidently experienced the bear.
He supposedly messaged an individual from his family to state he was being chased by the animal.
“The mother was here with her family, her kids, they were running the race,” Nathan Michell, of the Anchorage police division, told media.
The race chief director the boy had raced up a mountain and was en route down greatly soak landscape that experiences thick wild when the assault occurred.
A few kindred runners and rescuers raced to the site however at first couldn’t draw near as the animal was still in the region.
“The bear was staying in the region where the young man was,” Tom Crockett, a park center officer with Chugach State Park, told nearby media.
He said a recreation center officer shot the bear in the face yet the animal figured out how to get away.
Cooper’s body was found around 500 yards from the trail in intensely wooded terrain.
Bear experiences are not regular in the region and it was misty what provoked the assault, Crockett said.
“This young fellow didn’t do anything incorrectly. He was simply in the wrong place,” he told the media.
“You can’t predict which bear will be ruthless.”