Biologists Shoot, Kill Black Bear Alleged in Fatal Attack on Young Bird Ridge Runner!

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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.

A sign signals park users that the Bird Ridge trail is closed Monday. (Marc Lester/Alaska Dispatch News)

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.”

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