Bear that mauled Michigan girl 2 years ago killed

Updated at: 05/11/2016 3:54 PM
By JOHN FLESHER

(AP) TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Officials say a black bear that mauled a girl in northern Michigan two years ago has been killed.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday that the female bear was shot April 30 by a man who lived about 2 miles from where Abby Wetherell was attacked in August 2013 as she jogged on a dirt road near Cadillac.

The 12-year-old needed more than 100 stitches to close deep wounds on her left leg and back.

Department spokesman Ed Golder says the bear recently attacked a dog that was chasing a cub. As the dog's owner tried to help his fatally wounded pet, the adult bear approached. The man shot her.

Golder says DNA samples taken from the bear's carcass and from hair and saliva on Abby's clothing matched.

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