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Bear that bit 13-year-old Utah boy found and euthanized

August 13, 2019
In this photo provided by the the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources bear tracks are seen close to a campground along the Colorado River near Moab, Utah, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019. Wildlife officials say they are still looking for the bear that attacked a 13-year-old boy at a campground in eastern Utah. The state's Division of Wildlife Resources said the teenager was sleeping at a campground along the Colorado River Friday morning when a bear approached him and bit his ear and cheek. The boy, whose name hasn't been released, has been treated and released from the hospital for minor injuries. Officials said they are still working to track down the bear. (Aaron Bott/The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources via AP)
In this photo provided by the the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources bear tracks are seen close to a campground along the Colorado River near Moab, Utah, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019. Wildlife officials say they are still looking for the bear that attacked a 13-year-old boy at a campground in eastern Utah. The state's Division of Wildlife Resources said the teenager was sleeping at a campground along the Colorado River Friday morning when a bear approached him and bit his ear and cheek. The boy, whose name hasn't been released, has been treated and released from the hospital for minor injuries. Officials said they are still working to track down the bear. (Aaron Bott/The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources via AP)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Wildlife officials say they have found and put to death a bear that bit a 13-year-old boy on his ear and cheek at a campground in eastern Utah.

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources said Tuesday in a news release that officials found the black bear Friday night within 1 mile (1.6 kilometer) of the riverside campground where the incident occurred on Aug. 9 east of Moab.

Wildlife officials euthanized the bear after determining it matched the size, color and tracks of the bear that attacked the boy.

The boy was treated and released from the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The campground was reopened Monday.

This is the second bear attack in Utah this summer. A bear was captured and killed in June after it scratched a boy camping in northern Utah.

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