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DNA: Wildlife officials killed bear that mauled Chico woman

Courtesy of Lori Mallory Eckhart

DNA testing confirms wildlife office killed the bear that pulled the Chico woman out of her tent and killed her.

Posted: Jul 15, 2021 9:00 AM

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — DNA testing confirms that federal wildlife officers shot and killed the grizzly bear that pulled a California woman from her tent in western Montana and killed her.

Montana wildlife officials say the DNA sample from the bear matched a saliva sample from the scene of the July 6 attack and samples from two chicken coops that were raided in the Ovando area.

The bear killed 65-year-old Leah Davis Lokan of Chico, California, while she was camped along a long-distance bike route that traces the Continental Divide.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesperson Greg Lemon has said the bear was a healthy weight and showed no sign of illness.

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