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DNA: Wildlife officials killed bear that mauled woman

July 14, 2021 GMT
In this 2014 photo provided by Lori Mallory Eckhart, nurse Leah Davis Lokan poses for a photo at her office in Chico, Calif. Lokan was pulled from her tent and killed by a grizzly bear in Ovando, Mont., early on July 6, 2021. Wildlife officials say they shot and killed a bear early Friday, July 9, that they believe was responsible for Lokan's death. (Lori Mallory Eckhart via AP)
In this 2014 photo provided by Lori Mallory Eckhart, nurse Leah Davis Lokan poses for a photo at her office in Chico, Calif. Lokan was pulled from her tent and killed by a grizzly bear in Ovando, Mont., early on July 6, 2021. Wildlife officials say they shot and killed a bear early Friday, July 9, that they believe was responsible for Lokan's death. (Lori Mallory Eckhart via AP)

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — DNA results received Wednesday confirmed a grizzly bear shot and killed by federal wildlife officers in Montana was the same one that pulled a California woman from her tent last week and killed her, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials said.

The DNA samples from the bear match a saliva sample from the scene of the attack in the western Montana town of Ovando as well as samples obtained from two chicken coops that were raided last week, said FWP spokesperson Greg Lemon.

The bear killed Leah Davis Lokan, 65, of Chico, California, early on July 6 at a campsite near the post office. She was participating in a much-anticipated trip along a long-distance bike route that traces the Continental Divide.

The bear was shot and killed early on July 9 near a chicken coop that it had raided two days earlier. The bear also got into a chicken coop the night Lokan was killed.

Lemon has said the bear was a healthy weight and showed no sign of illness.

Lokan, a retired nurse, was an experienced outdoors woman and cyclist, friends said. They said she was a free spirit, competitive and adventuresome and was aware of the dangers she faced on the trip.