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HORROR: Teen dies after mauled by bear during race...

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 Ukshep    20,131

A parent's worst nightmare came to life this Father's Day when a teen running an annual trail race was fatally mauled by a bear near Bird Creek.

Law enforcement officials and fellow competitors said a 16-year-old boy was participating in the Robert Spurr Memorial Hill Climb at Bird Ridge, which was being run for the 29th year straight.

Dozens of runners, including the teen, toed the starting line that morning for the mountain race that begins at the start of Bird Creek Trail, and meanders through heavily wooded terrain. As for the ascent, that's a 3,400-foot vertical climb that spans three miles for adult racers and half that for juniors, those who are 17 and younger taking on the mountain.

Challenging terrain, but in those three decades, many said the territory had never proven to be a big problem.

That all changed shortly after noon Sunday.

"I've been running in the mountains for 30 years," said Brad Precosky, a director of the race. "People come down off the trail and say they've run into a bear. Sometimes that means nothing; other times, it's really serious. Like this."

The teenager, who police said is from Alaska, reportedly sent a text message to his mother during the race sometime around 12:30 saying he was being chased by a bear.

http://www.ktuu.com/content/news/Bear-mauling--429297643.html

Sadly though the bear caught him and fatally killed him :(

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 apache54    4,893
8 minutes ago, Ukshep said:

A parent's worst nightmare came to life this Father's Day when a teen running an annual trail race was fatally mauled by a bear near Bird Creek.

Law enforcement officials and fellow competitors said a 16-year-old boy was participating in the Robert Spurr Memorial Hill Climb at Bird Ridge, which was being run for the 29th year straight.

Dozens of runners, including the teen, toed the starting line that morning for the mountain race that begins at the start of Bird Creek Trail, and meanders through heavily wooded terrain. As for the ascent, that's a 3,400-foot vertical climb that spans three miles for adult racers and half that for juniors, those who are 17 and younger taking on the mountain.

Challenging terrain, but in those three decades, many said the territory had never proven to be a big problem.

That all changed shortly after noon Sunday.

"I've been running in the mountains for 30 years," said Brad Precosky, a director of the race. "People come down off the trail and say they've run into a bear. Sometimes that means nothing; other times, it's really serious. Like this."

The teenager, who police said is from Alaska, reportedly sent a text message to his mother during the race sometime around 12:30 saying he was being chased by a bear.

http://www.ktuu.com/content/news/Bear-mauling--429297643.html

Sadly though the bear caught him and fatally killed him :(

Sorry to see,

Bears can be very nasty animals and are NEVER to be trusted, been around them for years, just like any actual WILD grown animal they are a "WILD ANIMAL"

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 TheOldMan    2,517

Horrible way to go 

never enter the wilderness with out a fire arm 

this lesson has been learned hundreds of times 

running triggers a predatory response 

always will 

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 Siddrix    1,036

Don't run or you become prey...

Stand your ground and kick bear butt...

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 apache54    4,893
1 hour ago, GT500 said:

Horrible way to go 

never enter the wilderness with out a fire arm 

this lesson has been learned hundreds of times 

running triggers a predatory response 

always will 

Exactly!! running only adds to the fun of the hunt for the animal doing the chasing!

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 apache54    4,893
1 hour ago, Siddrix said:

Don't run or you become prey...

Stand your ground and kick bear butt...

YUP! you cannot out run one, seen them hit 35 MPH for a very short time, don't matter either about uphill or down hill just as fast either way!! 

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 EMC2    285
3 hours ago, Ukshep said:

A parent's worst nightmare came to life this Father's Day when a teen running an annual trail race was fatally mauled by a bear near Bird Creek.

Law enforcement officials and fellow competitors said a 16-year-old boy was participating in the Robert Spurr Memorial Hill Climb at Bird Ridge, which was being run for the 29th year straight.

Dozens of runners, including the teen, toed the starting line that morning for the mountain race that begins at the start of Bird Creek Trail, and meanders through heavily wooded terrain. As for the ascent, that's a 3,400-foot vertical climb that spans three miles for adult racers and half that for juniors, those who are 17 and younger taking on the mountain.

Challenging terrain, but in those three decades, many said the territory had never proven to be a big problem.

That all changed shortly after noon Sunday.

"I've been running in the mountains for 30 years," said Brad Precosky, a director of the race. "People come down off the trail and say they've run into a bear. Sometimes that means nothing; other times, it's really serious. Like this."

The teenager, who police said is from Alaska, reportedly sent a text message to his mother during the race sometime around 12:30 saying he was being chased by a bear.

http://www.ktuu.com/content/news/Bear-mauling--429297643.html

Sadly though the bear caught him and fatally killed him :(

Always run in pairs for safety. This way you don't have to be faster than the bear. Just the other person.

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 Cinnamon    23,010

I guess climbing a tree isn't an option either, since bears can climb, too. :(  Poor guy. 

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