ANCHORAGE, Alaska — "Anchorage police say a teenage girl taking part in a 24-hour bike race was severely injured after a grizzly bear attack.
The girl was riding early Sunday on a park trail when attacked. She used her cell phone to call 911 but was unable to communicate.
"She was cut up and bit pretty good," said Anchorage Police Officer Jean Mills.
Another biker found the mauled girl around 1:30 a.m. and called police.
Medics were escorted by officers with shotguns into the dark woods to retrieve the girl, whose name has not been released.
Wildlife biologist Rick Sinnott says the bear may have been the same female that charged two runners two weeks ago on a nearby trail. That sow grizzly was with two cubs.
The bear bit her on the head, torso and thigh, Sinnott said. She also had a "sucking chest wound" caused by a puncture to the lung cavity.
"A midnight race along a salmon stream is probably a pretty bad idea when the salmon are there," Sinnott said."
I sincerely wish the young lady a speedy and complete recovery. That said, what in the hell were these people thinking?
Problem was, they weren't. If it were my child, well first off she wouldn't be going to any race where large omnivorous animals live, but lets say I was somehow unawares, there'd be one sorry ass adult or two in charge of this thing who'd learn first hand what sucking chest wound was all about.