Cooper was found dead within two hours. He was about 500 yards off the trail in a heavily wooded area about a mile from the end of the race. He was declared dead at the scene and his body was airlifted out of the rugged terrain. Other young runners said that Cooper had veered off the trail during the race, Anchorage TV station KTUU reported. “This has never happened. In the entire history of the race I’ve never known of any bear incidents,” It was the first fatal bear mauling in the state in four years.