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WILDLIFE OFFICIALS RESUME HUNT FOR BEAR THAT ATTACKED GIRL AT SOLDIER CREEK

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Wildlife officials believe a bear that pulled 9-year-old Krystal Gadd from her grandfather's sleeper at the Soldier Creek Campground Tuesday is likely still alive. They resumed searching for the bear Monday.

Search hounds encountered the bear Thursday, and Shane Cornwall, a government trapper, got one shot at the animal. Cornwall believed he hit the bear, and officials used two K-9 dog units to search for the carcass over the weekend."The K-9s searched the area pretty thoroughly and found nothing," said Rodney John, regional supervisor at the Division of Wildlife Resources Springville office. "I really don't know what to think at this point, but I'm beginning to have my doubts that the animal is dead."

Two trappers and their search hounds and wildlife officials returned Monday to the area where the bear was last seen. Officials also checked snare traps set up Saturday. If officials locate the bear and kill it, they will match its foot with a cast made of a footprint near the area where Gadd was attacked to make sure they have the right bear.

Loyal Clark, spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest Service, said fewer people camped in tents at Strawberry over the weekend, but most out-of-state campers already there remained at the campgrounds. Forest Service officials warned campers to keep food stored away from sleeping areas, keep their camps clean and keep garbage covered.

Gadd was listed in good condition Monday morning at Primary Children's Medical Center recovering from severe lacerations to her scalp, arms and legs.