DNA evidence shows officials euthanized wrong bear after attack

Posted By Staff

Date: June 24th, 2015

Category: Animals

bearGATLINBURG , Tennessee – Officials at Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee say DNA evidence proves they euthanized the wrong bear after a teen was attacked three weeks ago.

The admission follows a June 6 bear attack against a 16-year-old male in the area around campsite 84.

On June 7, wildlife biologists shot at a bear near the campsite but were not sure if they had struck it, and on the following day they euthanized a bear caught in a trap near campsite 84.

After biologists collected DNA samples from the euthanized bear and the scene of the June 6 attack, a lab in Pennsylvania determined the samples came from different bears.  More

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