CALGARY – An encounter with a Grizzly Bear has proven fatal in Alberta. On the morning of September 7, 2014, Kananaskis RCMP were alerted to an overdue hunter who was due back, on September 6, 2014 after a day of hunting. RCMP investigators, Conservation Officers, and Kananaskis Public Safety specialists attended the last known area the hunter was believed to be.
Both a ground and air search commenced. Evidence was located suggesting that the hunter had been injured at a location approximately 4 km east from the PickleJar day use area parking lot on Hwy 40.
Search teams also encountered a female grizzly bear and cub in the immediate area. The hunter was not located and the search resumed the following morning.
On September 8th, search teams located the hunter’s remains in the area near where the evidence was located the day before. The hunter had suffered obvious trauma consistent with a bear attack and is believed to have died from those injuries. The hunter was alone at the time of the incident. The investigation is ongoing with assistance of local conservation officers.
The name of the deceased is not being released at this time.