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August 29, 2013

DNA Tests: Bear That Mauled Girl In Michigan Still At Large

By Ben Romans

Last week we reported on a series of recent bear attacks, including one story of a black bear that injured 12-year-old Abigail Wetherell on Aug. 15, 2013. Michigan Department of Natural Resource (MDNR) agents later killed a bear they thought responsible, however, DNA test results show it’s not the same animal that attacked Wetherell while she was jogging through the woods near her grandparent’s Michigan cabin.
 
Wetherell escaped the bear’s first attack, but it made another charge, leaving her with deep cuts and puncture wounds. Adults in the area heard her screams and took her to Munson Medical Center for treatment. Later, agency personnel killed a bear a few miles from the scene after a man wounded the animal, claiming it was acting aggressive. The MDNR performed a DNA test on the bear to see if it was the same one that injured Wetherell.
 
In an article from the Detroit Free Press, Dave Wetherell, Abigail’s grandfather, said even before the DNA test, he suspected the bear killed by the MDNR wasn’t responsible because it was supposedly much larger than the one that attacked his granddaughter.
 
MDNR spokesperson Katie Keen says that the agency will continue to try to find the bear responsible for attacking Wetherell, but likely won’t find it.
 
“As time passes, the chances of trapping the bear that attacked Wetherell “diminish,” she said. “We’re not going to continue trapping forever. We’ve discussed that with Abby’s family and they are comfortable with what we decide.”

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from tleichty1989 wrote 32 weeks 4 days ago

In Michigan we go on a point system every year you apply for a bear license you get 1 point after so many you get a bear tag. In the district were this girl got mauled there are guys that have 8-10 years of points. They kill all the bears around to find the one that mauled this girl but they keep hunters from hunting.

Its not that there are to many bears in Michigan, the reason why people are getting attacked is that more and more land is being taken over by yuppies from the city that want to try there way in the country. More and more land is getting eaten up by new developments.

What makes me really mad is the fact that if an animal that has no clue what its doing mauls or kills someone they seek justice and kill it but if a human rapes and kills another human they give him a vacation and he's innocent.

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from Mi guy wrote 32 weeks 12 hours ago

To tleichty1989 you are 100 % right iam also from Michigan and have spent plenty of time in that area hunting . My friends there say that they are seeing more and more bears . If you take there land your also taking there food and they will move closer to civilization to find it .

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from tleichty1989 wrote 32 weeks 4 days ago

In Michigan we go on a point system every year you apply for a bear license you get 1 point after so many you get a bear tag. In the district were this girl got mauled there are guys that have 8-10 years of points. They kill all the bears around to find the one that mauled this girl but they keep hunters from hunting.

Its not that there are to many bears in Michigan, the reason why people are getting attacked is that more and more land is being taken over by yuppies from the city that want to try there way in the country. More and more land is getting eaten up by new developments.

What makes me really mad is the fact that if an animal that has no clue what its doing mauls or kills someone they seek justice and kill it but if a human rapes and kills another human they give him a vacation and he's innocent.

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from Mi guy wrote 32 weeks 12 hours ago

To tleichty1989 you are 100 % right iam also from Michigan and have spent plenty of time in that area hunting . My friends there say that they are seeing more and more bears . If you take there land your also taking there food and they will move closer to civilization to find it .

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