Bear Eats Convicted Murderer in Canada

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Canadian conservation officers euthanized a black bear that ate the remains of a convicted murderer, British Columbia Environment Minister Terry Lake said.

Multiple news sources in Canada report that the bear's description matched that of one seen guarding a cache that contained the remains of Rory Wagner, 54.

Examinations of fur at the scene as well as teeth and claw marks confirmed the bear that was euthanized is the one that ate the remains of the missing man.

The animal was put down because bears remember food sources.

Officials suspect the bear pulled Wagner, who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in 1994, from his car after he passed away on a remote logging road.

Wagner and two others were charged with a killing a man they believed had sexually assaulted a family member. He served prison time and was released.

Wagner, who was living in Kamloops, B.C., was reported missing May 23. Police said his death was not suspicious. Hunters found the site last week.

Coroner Mark Coleman said it is not yet known how Wagner died. Coleman said an autopsy showed he was dead before the bear got him out of the car.

Wagner was on parole, and when he failed to show up at his residence May 22, a warrant was issued for his arrest. His body was found shortly after.

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