Pogo Mine contractor is killed in second Alaska Bear attack in two days

Two victims have been killed in Bear attacks in Alaska in the past two days.

On Sunday, 16-year-old Patrick Cooper of Anchorage was mauled to death while running at Bird Ridge in Anchorage.

On Monday, Alaska State Troopers also reported that a contracted employee of Pogo Mine had been killed following a Bear attack.
The fatal incident has been reported to the Mine Safety and Health Administration and to the Alaska State Troopers.
The mine is cooperating with the appropriate agencies to investigate.

Authorities say a black bear killed Patrick Cooper while he was competing in an Alaska race outside Anchorage on Sunday.

The teenager was a participant in the juniors division of the Robert Spurr Memorial Hill Climb race between Anchorage and Girdwood.

The race director says the runner had apparently made it to the halfway point turnaround on Bird Ridge trail and was on his way down when he texted his mother that he was being chased by a bear.

Officials responded up the mountain to locate the boy, whose body was found about a mile up the path, at about 1,500 vertical feet.