Officials Say They’ve Found Bear That Attacked Two People
ELY, Minn. (AP) _ State officials said Friday they found the black bear that mauled two men in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area this week.
Dave Garshelis, biologist with the state Department of Natural Resources, said tests show that the female bear shot by conservation officers Wednesday is the bear involved in the attacks.
Garshelis said the contents of the bear’s stomach revealed human hairs, one of which matched the hair of the first victim, Tyson Crowder.
Crowder, 19, of Maryville, Tenn., was attacked Monday and expected to be released from an Ely hospital Sunday.
Jeremy Cleaveland, 52, of Minnetonka, was attacked Tuesday. He was released Friday from a hospital in Cook.
Officials believe the same bear was involved in both attacks because they occurred within a mile of each other.
Wildlife officials had set traps at nine stations in a search for the bear and they had warned campers to stay away from numerous lakes in the area of the attacks. Warnings signs were taken down Friday.
Officials say it’s extremely unusual for a black bear to attack a human unless provoked and they say neither victim was doing anything to provoke an attack.
Officials have sent the bear’s remains to the veterinary diagnostic clinic at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul.