Teen fatally mauled by bear during Father’s Day memorial race

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While running in an annual mountain race in Alaska, a 16-year-old boy was fatally mauled by a black bear.

According to the Alaska Dispatch News, authorities initiated a search for the teen after he sent a text message to his mother, who was also a participant in the climb, that he was being chased by a bear.

The teen, whose name has not been released, was participating in the Robert Spurr Memorial Hill Climb, which started at the Bird Ridge Trailhead southeast of Anchorage. The boy was descending the mountain when he encountered the bear.

Authorities launched a search for the teen after he sent a text message to a relative saying he was being chased by the animal, according to the Alaska Dispatch News.

NBC affiliate KTUU reported that state troopers, the National Guard, park rangers and the Anchorage Police Department responded to the call, and other runners volunteered to search for the 16-year-old.

The teen was eventually located off the main trail, and pronounced dead at the scene.

The Alaska Dispatch News reported that a Chugach State Park ranger shot the bear, but the animal ran away. Rangers and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are still searching for the bear.

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