Soldier badly hurt after shot bear falls on him

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An Anchorage-based Army soldier was severely injured Saturday when he was struck by a falling bear he and a hunting partner had shot, Alaska State Troopers said.

William McCormick, 28, and Zachary Tennyson, 19, were hunting in the area above Carter Lake near Moose Pass at the time of the incident, according to a trooper dispatch. Dispatchers in Soldotna first learned of it at about noon Saturday through a signal from an InReach satellite beacon.

“The pair were hunting in the area and shot a bear above them on a ridge,” troopers wrote. “The bear rolled down the slope dislodging rocks in the process. [McCormick] was injured when he was struck by both a rock and the bear.”

Soldier badly hurt after shot bear falls on him
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