Woman killed by black bear, first fatal attack in Saskatchewan in four decades

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The death of a 44-year-old woman northeast of Buffalo Narrows is the first fatal bear attack in Saskatchewan in nearly four decades, according to RCMP.

The woman was pronounced dead by medical personnel after she was flown out of the area where the attack took place on Thursday around 7:15 p.m.

According to RCMP, the Buffalo Narrows detachment was alerted to an attack in the forest northeast of the community. RCMP learned that a man, the 44-year-old woman and two children under the age of 10 were camping when a black bear attacked the woman, causing what RCMP described as “significant” injuries.

Buffalo Narrows is approximately 490 kilometres northwest of Saskatoon.

According to RCMP, the area where the incident occurred — near McKie Lake, approximately 150 kilometres northeast of Buffalo Narrows — “is very remote.”

No one else was injured, RCMP said.

The bear was destroyed at the scene and there is “no ongoing public safety risk in relation to this incident,” police added.

The carcass will be sent away for a necropsy.

RCMP said this is the first fatal bear attack in the province since 1983.

The woman’s death will be investigated by the provincial coroner. The Ministry of Environment will conduct its own investigation “due to the involvement of wildlife,” RCMP said.

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