A U.S. military soldier was seriously injured after he shot a bear and the bear fell on top of him. (Becky Bohrer / AP)

A hunter in Alaska suffered life-threatening injuries this weekend after the bear he shot down nearly crushed him to death.

William McCormick, 28, was hunting with a friend at Carter Lake when they fired at a bear on a ridge above them, according to the Alaska Department of Public Safety.


The bear then tumbled down the slope, dragging a slew of rocks with it. Both the bear and the rocks hit McCormick, who was airlifted to Anchorage Providence hospital with life-threatening injuries.

His fellow hunter Zachary Tennyson, 19, was uninjured.

Both men are soldiers stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, a military facility near Anchorage.

McCormick is a specialist in the military, while Tennyson is a private first class.

The incident was tended to by Alaska State Troopers as well as the local fire department and LifeMed.

The ADPS did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the status of the bear.

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