Medical examiner: Illinois man visiting park killed by bear

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The chief medical examiner in North Carolina says a man visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park last year was likely killed by a bear.

A news release from the National Park Service said Thursday that the death of Patrick Madura of Elgin, Illinois, was the second bear-related fatality in the history of the park.

Park rangers said at the time that Madura’s remains were found after backpackers discovered an unoccupied tent and saw the remains “with a bear scavenging in the area” on Sept. 11, 2020.

The bear was located by rangers and euthanized.

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