Agencies say wrong bear killed following attack on hiker

WLNI-SMILLBORO, Va. (AP) _ State officials say authorities killed the wrong black bear following an attack on a hiker at Douthat State Park. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation say DNA test results indicated that the bear’s DNA profile didn’t match the profile of DNA collected from the hiker’s clothing. The agencies said Thursday in a joint statement that the bear was found close to where the incident occurred in a remote section of the park. They say the bear matched the description of the animal that attacked the hiker on Aug. 8. The hiker, Laura Cooksey of Midlothian, was treated for injuries at a local hospital. The park has conducted information campaign since the incident to education visitors about bear safety.

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