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DNA Confirms Identity Of Bear Killed After Attacking Camper

File photo. Grizzly bear track.
Jim Peaco
National Park Service
File photo: Grizzly bear track.

DNA results confirm the bear killed by state wildlife officials July 9 was the same bear who fatally attacked a camper in Ovando just over a week ago.

The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks made that announcement Wednesday.

Officials say DNA samples from the bear, a saliva sample at the scene of the attack and samples from two chicken coops that were raided in the area all match up.

The bear killed 65-year-old Leah Lokan early in the morning of July 6.

Officials encourage recreationists planning to visit bear country to first visit FWP’s Bear Aware webpage.

Edward O’Brien first landed at Montana Public Radio three decades ago as a news intern while attending the UM School of Journalism. He covers a wide range of stories from around the state.  
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