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Bear that attacked Va. man in W.Va. still at large

Sep. 03, 2014 @ 04:28 PM

STRASBURG, Va. — A West Virginia wildlife official says a bear that attacked a Virginia man might never be captured.

Colin Carpenter heads the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources’ black bear project. He tells The Northern Virginia Daily News that the female bear doesn’t have any features allowing someone to distinguish it from other bears in the wild.

Fifty-nine-year-old Steven Krichbaum of Staunton, Virginia, and his dog were walking in the George Washington National Forest in Hardy County, West Virginia, on Aug. 21 when the attack occurred. Two cubs were with the bear.

Krichbaum told the newspaper that he’s recovering from his injuries.

Carpenter says the DNR would have euthanized the bear if it had been captured.

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