The Latest: Boy killed by bear identified as Anchorage teen
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Latest on 16-year-old boy's death in Alaska bear mauling (all times local):
Alaska authorities have identified a 16-year-old boy who was fatally mauled by a black bear during a weekend mountain race as Patrick Cooper of Anchorage.
Race organizers say Cooper reportedly called his brother while he was being chased by the animal just before the Sunday afternoon attack. Earlier reports say he texted his mother.
Race director Brad Precosky says the boy was mauled after he got lost and veered off the trail during the juniors division of the Robert Spurr Memorial Hill Climb race south of Anchorage.
Responders ultimately located the boy, whose body was found about a mile up the path, at about 1,500 vertical feet (457 vertical meters). Precosky says the bear was found at the site, guarding the body.
A park ranger shot the 250-pound (113-kilogram) bear in the face, but the animal ran away.
Authorities say a black bear killed a 16-year-old runner while he was competing in an Alaska race on Sunday.
Anchorage television station KTUU reports (http://bit.ly/2sKjM9p) that the teenager, whose identity has not been released, was a participant in the juniors division of the Robert Spurr Memorial Hill Climb race between Anchorage and Girdwood.
The race director says the runner had apparently made it to the halfway point turnaround on Bird Ridge trail and was on his way down when he texted his mother that he was being chased by a bear.
Officials responded up the mountain to locate the boy, whose body was found about a mile up the path, at about 1,500 vertical feet.
Alaska State Troopers said Sunday that the boy's remains were airlifted from the scene.
A park ranger shot the 250-pound bear in the face, but it ran away.