Black bear bites sleeping firefighter in Idaho

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials have euthanized a black bear believed to have bitten a sleeping wildland firefighter.

According to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, the bear bit the snoozing firefighter Tuesday evening while he was resting in a small tent in central Idaho. The region is currently experiencing several catastrophic wildfires, with hundreds of firefighters battling to put out the flames.

The firefighter, whose name has not been released, was taken to a hospital for minor wounds and has since been released. It was not immediately clear where the firefighter had been bitten.

Fish and Game officials say they trapped and euthanized a bear on Wednesday. However, the department is attempting a DNA test to confirm they put down the same bear involved in the biting.

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