Fish and Game says bears killed near deadly mauling site were not behind two attacks last month https://t.co/pbisCYrrG4
— KTUU.com (@Ch2KTUU) July 19, 2018
DNA tests show three brown bears killed in the South Fork Eagle River area were not responsible for two maulings in the area, one fatal https://t.co/EhYBEOhMXK
— Anchorage Daily News (@adndotcom) July 19, 2018
An already tragic story continues to get worse. When an Eagle River hiker was fatally attacked by a bear last month. authorities set out to euthanize the animal(s) responsible for the fatality and an ensuing attack that injured one of the search-and-rescue members. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game did euthanize three brown bears in the area believed to be the ones that killed Michael Soltis, but on Thursday officials announced that DNA tests proved the bears were not responsible for the attack.
State wildlife biologists shot and killed the three bears from a helicopter July 13, nearly a month after a bear killed Michael Soltis, 44, and later injured volunteer searcher Paul Vasquez, 51.
Hair and tissue samples taken from the bears killed were compared to hair, blood and saliva collected at the mauling sites. They did not match.
Tests have indicated the same brown bear sow was responsible for both attacks.