Person killed by black bear on Rainy Lake island identified as Maple Plain woman

The 62-year-old went to check on her dogs and didn't come back.
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Canadian authorities have released the name of the woman killed in a bear attack Sunday on a remote island of Rainy Lake.

She has been identified as Catherine Sweatt-Mueller, 62, of Maple Plain, Minnesota. 

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A woman is dead after being mauled by a black bear on a Rainy Lake island. 

The tragic incident happened Sunday on a remote island within the lake that crosses the Minnesota-Canada border – about 10 miles from International Falls. Ontario Provincial Police issued a release saying officers were sent to the scene to investigate after a 62-year-old woman went to check on her dogs and didn't return. 

Officers located the woman with the black bear nearby. The woman had been mauled to death and the bear was acting aggressively, prompting the officers to kill it. 

The 62-year-old victim's identity has not been released, but the Star Tribune reports that the she was at a cabin with her Minnesota parents. 

There were two other bears in the vicinity and acting aggressively. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is determining what to do with the two other bears.

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The site of the attack is less than a mile north of the international border and the island is within Canadian waters. Because the attack happened on a remote island, authorities say there is not a significant risk to public safety. 

Bear attacks are extremely rare in Minnesota, and it's even more rare for a bear attack to turn fatal. On July 22, a 16-year-old girl jogging along a wooded path near Ely was chased and bitten on the leg by a black bear. She was able to run away and receive treatment at a local hospital. 

The Duluth News Tribune reported that incident to be the 15th bear attack in Minnesota history. 

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