GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — A bear that may be the one that attacked a teenager at Great Smoky Mountains National Park has been euthanized, and DNA samples from the animal have been sent for testing.
Park spokeswoman Molly Schroer told the Knoxville News Sentinel that rangers found the bear at the campsite where the 16-year-old was attacked Saturday night and captured it Tuesday morning. Schroer said rangers believe it’s the same bear.
The DNA samples from the euthanized bear were sent for testing along with bear hair samples found at the campsite after the attack.
Several trails and campsites have been closed, possibly until after the DNA results are returned.
The newspaper said a bear pulled Gabriel Alexander of Athens, Ohio, from his hammock in the Hazel Creek section of the park.
Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com