Black Bear Euthanized After Attack

Officials at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park have euthanized a 400-pound male black bear believed to have bitten an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker last week at the Spence Field shelter.

Park wildlife technicians darted and tranquilized the bear near the shelter on the evening of May 13, three days after Bradely Veeder of Las Vegas was bitten on the leg by a bear while sleeping near the shelter in his tent.

After consultation with park wildlife officials, park Superintendent Cassius Cash made the decision to euthanize the bear. Meanwhile, park officials are waiting on lab results to see if DNA from the euthanized bear matches a DNA sample taken from the victim’s tent shortly after the attack.

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