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Hunter seriously injured after bear falls on him

Alaska

Photo credit: Brady Miller

One man discovered just how heavy – and dangerous – a dead bear can be. William McCormick was critically injured Sept. 29 after the bear he shot on the ridge above him rolled down the hill, dislodging rocks along the way and landed on him. According to the Alaska Department of Public Safety, McCormick suffered injuries from being struck “by both a rock and the bear.”

McCormick and Zachary Tennyson, both stationed at the Air Force and Army Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson near Anchorage, Alaska, were hunting above Carter Lake near Moose Pass. While McCormick sustained major injuries after the rock and 200-lb bear fell on him, Tennyson was able to call for help using an InReach satellite device, KTVA.com reports.  

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Troopers responded to the satellite signal and McCormick was flown to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage via a LifeMed air ambulance. According to KTVA.com, as of Monday afternoon, McCormick was still in serious condition.

The bear died in the incident.

 

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Eric Hardester_10154334241172157
Eric H. - posted 1 month ago on 10-15-2018 03:20:32 pm
Gilbert, AZ
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Talk about not being aware of surroundings/the whole situation. Did Tennyson pack out the bear for McCormick?