Bear won’t be put down in Alberta grizzly attack

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The bear was acting in a natural, defensive manner, park officials say

By David Bell, CBC News
< http://www.cbc.ca/news/cbc-news-online-news-staff-list-1.1294364> Posted:
Jul 20, 2016 4:21 PM MT Last Updated: Jul 20, 2016 6:07 PM MT

The actions of a grizzly bear that attacked a couple in the Waiparous area
northwest of Calgary on Tuesday are being considered defensive and the bear
will not be euthanized, according to an investigation into the incident.
James Hayworth and his wife, Laura, were enjoying a beautiful day by the
Ghost River when a mother grizzly charged out of the woods and attacked
them.
“The cubs stumbled upon the man and the woman, and the sow then reacted to
protect her cubs,” said Brendan Cox with Alberta Justice, which oversees the
Fish and Wildlife department.
“So the bears will be left alone. They’re going to be given the space they
need to move on.”
“I thought for sure I’m going to die. I’m dead,” Hayworth told CBC News on
Tuesday.
James was left with scrapes, cuts and bruises while Laura suffered a broken
arm and multiple puncture wounds and was transported to a hospital in
Calgary. She was released on Wednesday.
The area of the attack – from Bar C Ranch west along the TransAlta road to
Banff National Park – will remain closed until further notice.
Cox said Fish and Wildlife officers will be monitoring the situation
closely.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/alberta-grizzly-attack-defensive-1.368
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4 thoughts on “Bear won’t be put down in Alberta grizzly attack

  1. So glad this wasn’t a death sentence for the bear. When wild animal habitat is open to visitors, even accidental conflict can happen. I hope officials are paying attention to all the complaints from the public about bears and other wildlife being killed.

    • Thank goodness! Yes, I hope so – and even those attacked don’t want the animals harmed because of an unfortunate encounter – I know I wouldn’t. It goes with the territory, IMO.

  2. Thank God for once good judgment, reason and fairness prevailed and the park rangers didn’t waste a whole bear family for the sake of humans in their habitat.

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