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DNA tests have revealed that the brown bear sow and two cubs killed in the South Fork Eagle River Valley last week were not involved in the two maulings in the area last month that left one man dead and another injured, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said on Thursday.

State wildlife biologists shot and killed the three bears from a helicopter on July 13, nearly a month after a bear killed Michael Soltis, 44, and later injured volunteer searcher Paul Vasquez, 51.