Manitoba man killed in black bear attack
Sat. Aug. 27 2005 8:01 AM ET
CTV.ca News Staff
A 69-year-old man was the victim of a deadly black bear attack north of Winnipeg on Friday.
The man had been out for a morning of plum picking in Selkirk, Man. RCMP say the man’s family reported him missing, then joined with a police officer to go on a search for him.
The group found the man’s body, but also came across the bear.
“The bear came after the (officer), who fired two shots with his service revolver,” Sgt. Steve Colwell told the Winnipeg Sun. “This turned the bear away and the (officer) was able to call for help.”
The bear was found dead several hours later.
The victim’s son read out a prepared statement to reporters Friday.
“He was a loving father, husband, grandfather. He was a kind and loving man who loved the outdoors. This is a real tragedy for our family, and it’s a very difficult time.”
A Manitoba Conservation spokesman told the Canadian Press that it’s difficult to determine what prompted the attack, but says most cases are predatory, with the bear considering the human as food.
It’s just the third time a black bear has killed a person in Manitoba’s history.
A helicopter was used to search for the wounded bear and people were warned to be on the lookout and avoid the animal. The animal was found dead several hours later.