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    Canadian Biathlon Athlete Killed by Bear

July 3, 2000

QUEBEC CITY (Reuters) - A 24-year-old Canadian member of the national biathlon team was killed by a bear as she was training in the woods on a military base, police said Monday.

Colleagues of the woman, identified as Mary-Beth Miller, alerted military police Sunday when she failed to return from her training and police later found her body and noticed a bear bite on her neck as well as bear footprints near the body, a police spokeswoman said.

Sarah Coup-Fabiano of the Haute-St-Charles police department said Miller, from Canada's North West Territories, was doing her biathlon training on Sunday on a forest path on the Canadian military base of Valcartier, near the provincial capital Quebec City.

"All the evidences tend to show she was killed by the bear," Coup-Fabiano told reporters, adding an autopsy would be carried on the body to determine the exact cause of the death.

"The forest path has been closed," she said, pointing out that two cyclists were attacked by a bear on the same path two weeks ago.

A bear search was underway Monday in this suburban area, close to a huge provincial park, she added.

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