Bear shot and killed in Wexford County
A black bear in Selma Township was shot and killed late Saturday evening, just two miles from the area of a Thursday evening bear attack involving a young girl.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced today that Conservation Officers Sam Koscinski and Holly Pennoni, arrived on scene around 11:30p.m. to find that a man had shot and wounded a bear on his property after perceiving the bear to be a threat to his life. DNR officials say the man saw the bear near dumpsters at his home and when he turned around to go inside of his house, the bear came towards him. The officers tracked the bear and shot and killed the animal around 2:45 a.m. Sunday.
Officials say the bear was killed about two miles from the area where 12-year-old Abby Wetherell was attacked on Thursday evening while jogging on a trail on private property in Haring Township. It is uncertain whether the bear killed Sunday is the same bear involved in Thursday's attack. The bear's carcass has been sent to the DNR Wildlife Disease Laboratory in Lansing for DNA and disease testing. Officials say this could take several days. The DNR will continue to keep bear traps in the area of the attack and to monitor bear activity.
Wetherell underwent surgery at Munson Medical Center, and was released from the hospital Sunday, and is recovering at her home in Haring Township.
The DNR still asks the public to report bear sightings in the area of the attack by calling the DNR's Report All Poaching (RAP) line at 800-292-7800, or by calling the Cadillac Operations Service Center at 231-775-9727. The black bear is protected under Michigan law and the DNR reminds the public not to shoot a bear unless the animal poses an immediate threat.