Black bears behind 2 fatal Alaska maulings

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 22, 2017

However, just in a matter of a few weeks there have been seven bear attacks and encounters reported in the state of Alaska and beyond.

A jogger runs across the Sterling Highway from the Bird Creek access point, near a trail head that's closed on Monday, June 19, 2017, after a fatal bear mauling at Bird Ridge Trail in Anchorage, Alaska.

Just moments before his death, the teen reportedly called his brother to tell him he was being chased by a bear, and was frantically calling for help.

Authorities tragically found the boy's body about a mile off the path.

"We know the bear was hit because we found blood", he said. We don't know how hard it was hit.

State park staffers were scouring the area Monday looking for the bear, state Fish and Game spokesman Ken Marsh said.

The mauling of Cooper rattled the tightknit Anchorage community, which has not seen a deadly bear attack in more than two decades.

This week, two men met their fate at the paws of two separate black bears in what can only be described as incredibly rare and unusual attacks.

Rangers say it is uncommon for bear encounters on Bird Ridge, and they couldn't say why the bear attacked.

Race director Michael Friess said the "tragedy" would be reviewed "with a fine tooth comb". Black bears can weigh in at 600 pounds and grow to be up to be "six feet long".

In the moments before a mauling, he said it's very important to understand the bear's motivation. However, the bear merely ran away. One of the foresters shot and wounded the animal, but he managed to escape.

As previously reported, in the USA, the bear stole the bike and killed the militiaman. "People come down off the trail and say they've run into a bear". Rangers are continuing a search for the bear.

"I've been running in the mountains for 30 years", Mr Precosky told KTUU News, adding that there were multiple sightings that day of black and brown bears. Tom Smith, an associate professor at Brigham Young University who's studied bears since he worked as a biologist at Katmai National Park in 1992, says that firearms should be used for bear protection, especially during a predatory attack.

"If the bear actually does get on top of a person, that's where you would curl up in a fetal position, put your hands behind your neck and protect your vital organs".

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