Mich. DNR kills bear, seeks link to attack on girl

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 18, 2013 at 5:37 pm •  Published: August 18, 2013

DETROIT (AP) — Conservation officers shot and killed a black bear Sunday and plan tests to see if it is the same animal that chased and mauled a 12-year-old girl as she jogged on her grandfather's wooded land in northern Michigan, authorities said.

A bear clawed Abby Wetherell in the thigh Thursday at site 35 miles south-southeast of Traverse City in Wexford County's Haring Township.

Abby screamed, and her father and a neighbor scared the bear off. She underwent surgery at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City and was released from the hospital Sunday and is recovering at home, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said.

After the attack, the DNR said it would track down and kill the bear and test the body for rabies and other communicable diseases.

On Saturday night, two conservation officers responded to a complaint about a bear at a site near where Abby was attacked, the department said in a statement.

A man told them he shot and wounded a bear on his property because he believed it was threatening him, the department said. Bears are a protected species in Michigan and cannot be shot unless they pose an immediate threat.

The agents "subsequently tracked the bear and shot and killed the animal" early Sunday, the DNR said.

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