John Wallace

Grizzly mom that mauled Yellowstone hiker euthanized after DNA links bear to 2nd hiker attack

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A grizzly bear that fatally mauled a hiker in Yellowstone National Park was killed after DNA evidence linked the animal to the scene of a second hiker's death a month later, a park official said Monday.

The decision to euthanize the 250-pound female bear was meant to protect park visitors and staff, Superintendent Dan Wenk said.

However, the investigation remains open, and officials might never know definitively whether the same bear that killed California hiker Brian Matayoshi on July 7 also took the life ofJohn Wallace of Michigan in August.

Evidence showed multiplebears, including the sow, were near Wallace's body but not if the sow made any...