A 16-year-old trail runner was cornered and mauled to death by a black bear in Alaska on Sunday just moments after he texted his mother to send help.
The boy had been competing in the juniors division of the annual Robert Spurr Memorial Hill Climb race which has been staged in the heavily wooded area between Anchorage and Girdwood for the past 29 years.
The boy reached the halfway point on the Bird Ridge trail â€“ about 1.5 miles from the start â€“ before sounding the alarm via text at 12:37 local time and turning back.
Park rangers did shoot the reportedly 250lb (113kg) black bear in the face but only wounded it as they reportedly did not have powerful enough rifles to kill the animal.
"It did definitely take a slug strike to the face when the ranger fired on it," said Tom Crockett, a Chugach State Park ranger.
"We know he struck it," he added.
The hunt for the bear continues and officials have confirmed it will be killed on sight.