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Bear Killed Near Ely, Suspected of Biting Teen Jogger

The Minnesota DNR says they believe they have killed a bear that bit a teen jogger near Ely last Monday. The Minnesota DNR says they believe they have killed a bear that bit a teen jogger near Ely last Monday. | 

Updated: July 29, 2019 03:11 PM

The Minnesota DNR says they believe they have killed a bear that bit a teen jogger near Ely last Monday. 

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According to a release, a 16-year-old girl was bit on her leg while she was jogging on a path east of Ely, near White Iron Lake. The incident occured around 4:30 p.m. Authorities say the bear "charged the jogger from behind." She was treated at the hospital for minor injuries and released. 

The DNR says later that evening, a conservation officer killed a bear at a garbage bin near the location of the biting incident. Authorities say that bear "showed no fear of people." They also say the bear was not rabid or undernourished.

Right now based on proximity and behavior, the DNR believes the bear killed was the one that bit the teen. DNA was collected on the victim and authorities are working to positively link the dead bear to the biting incident. Positive confirmation could take "several weeks," the release said. 

The DNR adds there has been no bear activity in the area since the bear was killed. 

The DNR still recommends resident be vigilant, especially when alone in the area of the incident. "Be wary of bears that seem unafraid of you."

The DNR says other unwary fed bears have been reported in the area. Residents are asked to not approach them. If a bear apporaches you, the DNR says speak loudly and act aggresive toward it, do not run. 

Authorities also caution continued feeding of bears may have caused other incident like this. Hence, the DNR "strongly discourages feeding of bears."

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