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Mon., June 19, 2017, 11 a.m.

Black bear kills 16-year-old boy during race in Alaska

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.




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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.







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