Victim Identified in Fatal Bear Attack

Updated: September 04, 2019 10:46 PM

RED PINE ISLAND - RAINY LAKE, Ont. - The name of the woman involved in an apparent black bear attack on Sunday on Rainy Lake has been identified.  According to the Ontario Provincial Police, officers received a call shortly after 6:30 p.m. on September 1.  The caller said 62-year-old Catherine Sweatt-Mueller of Maple Plain, Minnesota had gone to check on her dogs and had not returned. The woman said she believed her daughter was attacked by a bear.

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Officers responded and found the body of Sweatt-Mueller close to a bear. Authorities killed the bear.

Officers said there were two other bears near the scene while they conducted their investigation. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) will determine the next steps and will seek OPP help if needed.

Authorities say there is not a significant risk to public safety and other people on the island were made aware of the incident.

Red Pine Island is ten miles east of International Falls and Fort Frances.

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