Alaska hunter hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after bear he shot rolls on top of him

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Bear meat is no delicacy and hunters almost never eat it.

But that did not stop two Alaska men from going after some big game over the weekend. It did not go well.

According to the state Department of Public Safety, the pair were hunting Saturday near Carter Lake on the Kenai Peninsula south of Anchorage when they shot a bear on a ridge above them.

The injured animal rolled down the slope, dislodging rocks along the way, which headed straight for the two men.

One hunter, 28-year-old William McCormick, was seriously injured when he was struck by a rock and the tumbling bear, the Alaska DPS said.

His 19-year-old hunting partner was not hurt.

McCormick was taken by helicopter to an Anchorage hospital with life-threatening injuries, the DPS said.

State officials did not say whether the bear was killed, nor did they specify which type of bear it was.

Both hunters are in the military and stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, an Air Force and Army base in Anchorage.

According to the state Fish and Game Department, bears are “waddling fat” at this time of year as they prepare to hibernate in their dens during the winter.

Mature male brown bears can weigh up to 900 lbs., while grizzlies can reach up to 1,400 lbs.

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