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Bear Owned By Wrestling Exhibitor Kills Man

COLUMBIA STATION, Ohio (AP) - An investigator in Ohio says a bear mauled its caretaker to death while the animal was being fed by the victim and its owner.

Capt. James Drozdowski of the Lorain County Sheriff's Office said Friday the bear was out of its cage at the time of the attack the night before. He says that's not unusual and it's not clear why the animal became aggressive.

A coroner says Brent Kandra of Elyria (eh-LEER'-ee-uh) died Friday morning at a Cleveland hospital.

Drozdowski says there were as many as nine bears on the property in Columbia Township southwest of Cleveland.

Owner Sam Mazzola used to offer the chance to wrestle a black bear at a Cleveland expo. A rescue squad took him from the scene Thursday with an unspecified medical problem.
      
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