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Teenage jogger attacked by bear in northern Minnesota

It happened near Ely.

A teenager out for a jog in northern Minnesota survived a recent bear attack. 

According to a release from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the 16-year-old girl was jogging east of Ely near White Iron Lake on Monday, July 22 when the bear attacked her from behind, biting her on the leg. 

Fortunately, she was able to run away to safety and was taken to a local hospital where she was treated for minor injuries to her leg.

According to the Duluth News Tribune, a DNR conservation officer located a 240-pound male bear at a garbage bin in the area of the attack that same day. 

The bear showed no fear and was killed by the officer, and the DNR believes that it's the same animal that attacked the girl, although it could take several weeks to get confirmation. 

"The fact that the bear charged the jogger from behind indicates its habituation to humans," the DNR says. "This is not normal behavior for a bear." 

The DNR notes it's possible that the bear who bit the jogger may still be in the area. Residents have been urged to be vigilant, "especially when alone." 

Other "unwary fed bears have been reported in the area," the DNR adds, warning people to avoid approaching them and to speak loudly and act aggressively, but never run. 

The Duluth News Tribune noted that it was the 15th recorded bear attack in state history. 

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