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.”

Troopers responded to the incident, along with members of the Moose Pass and Bear Creek fire departments. Tennyson was unhurt in the incident.

The bear that fell on McCormick was a roughly 200-pound black bear, according to troopers spokesman Tim DeSpain. The bear died in the incident.

McCormick was carried to a LifeMed air ambulance, which flew him to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage with “life-threatening injuries.” As of Monday afternoon, he was reportedly in serious condition. 

Troopers said the men lived on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. According to U.S. Army Alaska spokesman Lt. Col. Martyn Crighton, both are soldiers serving with the base's 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division. McCormick is a specialist, and Tennyson is a private first class.

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