Bear Kills Female Energy Worker in Canada
Woman attacked at plant in Alberta
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 8, 2014 6:32 PM CDT
File photo of a black bear.   (AP Photo/Toby Talbot/File)

(Newser) – A female employee of Canada's largest oil and gas company was killed by a black bear at a work site in northern Alberta, reports the CBC. The 36-year-old had just emerged from a washroom at Suncor's oil-sands site when she encountered the bear, reports Global News. Co-workers tried in vain to save her, and she was pronounced dead at the scene. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police then killed the bear.

“We don't know why this happened," says a company spokesperson, who promised an investigation. "We are reminding people to be especially vigilant in dealing with wildlife." Most of Suncor's production comes from these oil sands, also called tar sands, explains Reuters, and the company has a sprawling industrial complex at the site. The region is heavily populated with bears now emerging from hibernation, it adds.

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aunuts
May 9, 2014 9:03 PM CDT
My condolences to her family, friends and co-workers. But, we are the "invaders" in the bears country. They are doing what comes naturally to them and their kind.
scottinnh
May 9, 2014 6:40 PM CDT
So... if everyone working there had a gun strapped to them the question is... Does shooting a bear with a gun stop the bear, or piss off the bear?
victor
May 9, 2014 3:28 PM CDT
Do not want to sound uncaring, rude,crude, funny,mean , if she were on her period, the smell of blood.