Bear killed after chasing runners didn't have rabies

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GRANBY, Conn. (AP) — A bear euthanized by Connecticut officials after it chased two runners at a game refuge has tested negative for rabies.

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection released the test results Wednesday. An agency spokesman says full necropsy results won't be available for several days.

The two runners said the bear chased them Monday at the McLean Game Refuge in Granby. Wildlife experts trapped the bear and officials killed it, citing its unusual aggressive behavior. The runners were able to escape without serious injury.

Officials say the male bear was 16 to 17 months old and about 120 pounds.

The Humane Society criticized the state for acting too quickly and said the wrong bear may have been killed. Officials say the bear matched the description provided by the runners.

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