DNA test confirms bear that attacked girl killed

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Colorado Parks and Wildlife has finished DNA testing on the bear killed by wildlife officers and confirmed that it was the same one that attacked a girl early Mother’s Day.

Rabies testing was negative, and the bear had no signs of disease, CPW said in a press release Wednesday.

Officers killed the bear in a yard about a half a mile away from the East Orchard Mesa residence where the attack happened. The Wildlife Health Lab in Fort Collins conducted a necropsy on the carcass on Monday and DNA evidence was taken to the Wyoming Game and Fish Laboratory to make sure it was the same bear.

CPW said the testing usually takes about a week, but was completed quickly because of the high-profile nature of the incident.

Wildlife Service personnel with hounds continued searching Tuesday morning and found no evidence of other bears in the area, according to the press release. The bear traps placed after the attack will be removed.



 
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