Bear cleared in bicyclist's attack

Posted: Friday, August 22, 2008

ANCHORAGE - A sow grizzly killed this week has been cleared of the most severe attack in Anchorage parks this summer.

Preliminary genetic testing indicates the bear killed Tuesday was not the one that attacked a 15-year-old bicyclist taking part in an all-night race earlier this summer.

The testing involved comparing the sow's DNA to samples taken from the helmet and bicycle of teenager Petra Davis.

The sow was killed Tuesday morning after she and her two cubs were seen eating a moose carcass in an Anchorage neighborhood. After the mother was killed, the cubs scattered. One has been captured and will be transferred to a zoo in the Midwest. The search continues for the second cub.

No one saw the bear involved in the nighttime attack on Davis, and there was never any indication that it was a sow with cubs, Alaska Department of Fish and Game spokesman Bruce Bartley said.

However, the bear killed Tuesday is believed to have attacked runner Clivia Feliz on Aug. 8 on the same trail. DNA tests are pending.

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