DNA test confirms officials killed bear that attacked Colorado girl | KOB 4

DNA test confirms officials killed bear that attacked Colorado girl

Marian Camacho
May 16, 2018 05:52 PM

DURANGO, Colo. – DNA tests have confirmed that wildlife officers did, in fact, kill the bear that had attacked a 5-year-old girl on Sunday.


Colorado Parks and Wildlife says the bear was a 2-year-old male black bear that weighed 150 pounds. A necropsy showed the bear was in good condition and a rabies test was negative.

Officers killed the bear Sunday night in the yard of a home in an unincorporated area near Grand Junction and about a half-mile away from where the attack took place. Prior to killing the bear, the officers reported that it had come within a few feet of their vehicle.

“From the moment we first learned of the attack through confirmation that we killed the right bear, there have been a lot of dedicated people working very hard to protect the public and conduct a thorough, timely investigation,” said Regional Manager JT Romatzke. “We continue to pray for the little girl and her family and they remain in our thoughts. We are glad to hear she is doing better. It gives us a great sense of accomplishment to let them know we have dealt with the bear that attacked their daughter.”

Wildlife officers will pull all three traps that they had placed in the area since the evening of the attack.

Click here for more information on preventing bear conflicts.


Marian Camacho

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