Bear Kills 16-Year-Old Teen Who Got Lost During Race

ALASKA – A black bear killed a 16-year-old teenager who got lost during a race in Alaska.

Police said, the teen, Patrick Cooper was running the Bird Ridge Junior Division Race when he veered off the trail and was later attacked by a bear.

According to KTVA, Cooper called his brother during the race to tell him he was being attacked by a bear. Searchers found Patrick by tracking his cell phone. A volunteer found Patrick’s body but warned others to get back after the bear rushed from out of the bushes.

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Troopers and Park Rangers shot the black bear but it ran away. Tom Crockett, Park Ranger, said the bear appeared to be a predatory bear opposed to a defensive, which is rare.

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