Red Lake OPP Investigate Sudden Death – Black Bear Attack Suspected

Black Bear
Black Bear

RED LAKE – NEWS – A 67-year-old Red Lake man may have been the target of a bear attack while picking blueberries.

The Red Lake & Ear Falls Detachments of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) report that on July 20th, 2020, they were advised of an overdue male who left home in the morning to pick blueberries on Tuzyk Road off Highway 105, between the Township of Ear Falls & Municipality of Red Lake.

With the assistance of the Northwest Region Emergency Response Team (ERT), officers located a deceased 67-year-old male from Red Lake.

A black bear was located in the vicinity of the deceased and was dispatched by officers.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) has been contacted and will be sending the bear to Guelph for testing.

We are reminding people to be aware of their surroundings when outdoors. If a bear poses an immediate threat to public safety by exhibiting threatening or aggressive behavior, call 911 or your local police.

For more information regarding bear safety visit the MNRF website at ontario.ca/bearwise.