DNA results of euthanized bear do not match bear that attacked hiker

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WVLT) — The National Park Service says a bear that was euthanized was not the same bear that attacked a hiker on May 10.

The DNA of another bear, that was captured and released with a GPS-tracking collar, also did not match the bear that attacked.

Park managers do have a protocol in place to confirm matches with DNA before animals are euthanized. Park rangers use facilities that can hold these wild bears temporarily while labs analyze DNA.

Those with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park say the bear biologists euthanized on May 13 was six miles out of the backcountry.

They said it was not a practical option to transport the bear by a ground crew.

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