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Woman is killed by black bear in ‘extremely rare’ attack on island

A BLACK bear has killed an American woman on a secluded island in Canadian waters in what experts call an ‘extremely rare’ attack.

Catherine Sweatt-Mueller, 62, from Minnesota, was staying with her elderly parents in a remote cabin on Red Pine Island when she was killed.

PC Jim Davis, of Ontario Police, said Ms Sweatt-Mueller went out on Sunday evening as her two dogs were barking, but never returned.

The dogs, one of them injured, returned alone to the cabin and the police were called. Officers found the bear standing over the missing woman’s body and shot the animal.

‘The family is devastated,’ said PC Davis, adding police ‘can’t believe a bear attacked a person’.

The bear is being sent to the University of Guelph for tests and a post-mortem examination will be carried out to find any reason for the bear’s abnormal behaviour.

Minnesota wildlife expert Andy Tri said a predatory attack by a black bear is ‘extremely rare’.

The last fatal bear attack in Ontario was in 2005.