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Posted: Friday, July 1, 2011 3:11 pm | Updated: 2:05 am, Thu Aug 25, 2011.

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Game and Fish says DNA tests on an adult black bear confirm it's the one who attacked an East Valley woman in Pinetop.

Department officials conducted a forensic necropsy on the bear Wednesday. But the procedure didn't yield any immediately identifiable human material.

But officials said Friday that DNA samples taken from the bear during the necropsy matched DNA found on the victim's clothing after Tuesday's mauling.

Lana Hollingsworth, 61, of Gilbert is recovering after surgery at a Scottsdale hospital.

Game and Fish officials say a significant amount of kitchen garbage was found in the bear's digestive tract.

The bear's teeth, claws, fur and digestive tract were removed and are being taken to a wildlife lab for further testing.

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