DNA Tests Link Captured Bear to Fatal Attack on Girl in Ohio

Forensics tests have linked the second of two bears captured after the mauling of an Ohio girl to her death, state wildlife officials said on Wednesday.

The bear, held by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency pending DNA test results, has been euthanized, officials said.

FBI lab tests showed human DNA under the bear's claws, said Assistant TWRA Director Ron Fox. Tests will be done to determine whether the bear responsible for the attack had any abnormalities.

Elora Petrasek, 6, of Clyde, Ohio, was killed April 13 and her mother and younger half brother seriously injured while the family visited at Cherokee National Forest in southeast Tennessee.

A 203-pound male bear was caught three days later in traps baited with doughnuts and honey buns. Wildlife authorities suspected that bear was responsible until tests that linked the second bear to her death. That bear was captured April 18.