The D-N-R is advising people in the Ely area to be extra vigilant after a 16-year-old girl was bitten by a bear last week while jogging on a path between cabins near White Iron Lake. It’s the 15th recorded bear attack in Minnesota history. The D-N-R’s Dan Stark says the girl didn’t see the bear until it ran at her from behind. That same evening, a conservation officer killed a bear at a nearby garbage bin. The agency says they believe it was the same bear that bit the jogger but awaits confirmation from D-N-A testing. Officials say if you encounter a bear, speak loudly, act aggressively and do not run. They also say people should not feed bears.
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