State biologists on Tuesday shot and slaughtered four black bears in the Bird Ridge area, plus one they believe fatally attacked a 16-year-old Anchorage runner in a mountain race Sunday, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said Wednesday.
Officials say they are self-confident they killed the suspect bear.
The fourth bear shot had “a new wound to its lower jaw,” according to the statement. A park ranger had shot the black bear found declining to leave the site of Patrick “Jack” Cooper’s body on Sunday.
“This is a serious condition, and we wanted to ensure we got the correct bear,” said Alaska Department of Fish and Game spokesman Ken Marsh. “There’s already been a casualty involved with this animal. It was a risk we couldn’t allow to linger.”