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DNR: Bear killed near Cadillac didn't attack girl

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Not actual bear that attacked Wetherell Not actual bear that attacked Wetherell
CADILLAC, Mich. (AP) -

Officials say a bear that attacked a 12-year-old girl near Cadillac earlier this month is not the same one that was shot two days later a couple of miles away.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said Monday that DNA from the bear's carcass did not match fur and saliva samples taken from clothing that Abby Wetherell was wearing when she was attacked and mauled Aug. 15.

The tests showed that the bear that harmed Abby was a female, while the bear that was killed was a male.

Abby was jogging on a trail near her grandfather's cabin in a wooded area of Wexford County when the bear came after her. About 100 stitches were needed to close her wounds.

She sped up, but the bear knocked her down twice and lashed one of her thighs with its powerful paws as she screamed for help. Her father and a neighbor chased the animal away.

The attack happened on grandfather Dave Wetherell's wooded property near Cadillac.

Dave Wetherell, Abby's grandfather, tells the Detroit Free Press that Abigail Wetherell is a strong person who realizes "she was in a lot of danger and she beat it." Abigail was treated for abrasions and puncture wounds before being released from a Traverse City hospital.

The DNR says the search for the bear continues.

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