7 bears captured in Yellowstone mauling probe

September 27, 2011 - 4:25 PM

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The superintendent of Yellowstone National Park says seven grizzly bears have been captured near the scene of a fatal mauling of a Michigan hiker, but none has been linked definitively to the attack.

Superintendent Dan Wenk said Tuesday that DNA analysis continues on evidence gathered from the park's Hayden Valley, where 59-year-old solo hiker John Wallace was killed Aug. 25.

Wenk says investigators determined seven bears had been in the area around the time of the attack. But so far there's no firm link between those bears and the captured grizzlies.

The captured bears were fitted with radio collars and released so they can be re-captured if necessary.

Wallace's death followed the July killing of a California man that marked Yellowstone's first fatal grizzly mauling in a quarter century.