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Woman killed by black bear on island north of Minnesota

Woman killed by black bear on island north of Minnesota”

Sweatt-Mueller had been staying at a family-owned camp with her elderly parents.

Canadian authorities released the name Wednesday of the Minnesota woman who was killed by a black bear on a remote island on Rainy Lake. She went outside when she heard her two dogs barking about 6 p.m. Sunday.

Mueller never returned to the cabin, which is about 10 miles northeast of International Falls, Minnesota.

Davis said officers who travelled to the island by boat had some difficulty locating Sweatt-Mueller because of dense underbrush, but eventually found a yearling bear standing over her body. "If you ever approach a black bear closely, typically they'll see you and run off".

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Two other bears, believed to be a sow and a yearling, were also spotted nearby and were showing signs of hostility by making loud snorting sounds and repeatedly stomping their feet, Davis said.

Minnesota wildlife biologist Andy Tri says a predatory attack by a black bear is "beyond extremely rare". "The bear was dispatched; it was shot by officers and the bear killed".

The bear that was killed was to be sent to the University of Guelph for a necropsy - an animal autopsy - to determine if any health issues caused what officials said was abnormal behaviour. "The dogs returned to the cottage, the female didn't and the parents grew concerned".

In a statement, Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources said it was leading a search to find the other two bears.



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