West Virginia authorities kill black bear near mauling scene

West Virginia

TENNERTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Division of National Resources has killed a bear that may have been responsible for mauling a woman.

The Inter-Mountain reports an adult black bear was killed Friday night about 900 yards from where 66-year-old Opal Gillespie was mauled in her backyard. She sustained lacerations on her head and neck, along with bruising on her upper body.

The woman was attacked by a bear that killed one of her small dogs after she let them out onto her back deck at 1:30 a.m. on May 31 in Upshur County.

Natural Resources Police Officer Tanner Collins says the bear appeared to match the woman’s description, but DNA samples are being tested to prove it.

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Information from: The Inter-Mountain, http://www.theintermountain.com

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