Bear autopsy to determine death of Minnesota woman on remote Canadian island
Canadian officials revealed Thursday they intend to conduct a postmortem on the black bear that killed a vacationing Minnesota woman.
When Catherine Sweatt-Mueller failed to return to her Red Pine Island cabin Sunday night, her mother contacted police. Officers later discovered a 100-pound bear standing over the victim, reported Minneapolis TV station KARE.
The cause of Sweatt-Mueller’s death has not been confirmed, but cops fatally shot the beast they believe killed the 62-year-old woman.
The creatures, which usually pose little threat to people, likely swam to the island, stated Canadian forestry officials.
“They’re very un-aggressive bears,” said Minnesota Department of Natural Resources bear research scientist Dave Garshelis. “If you ever approach a black bar closely, typically they’ll see you and run off.”