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Tree planter dies after bear attack in northern Alberta

Woman, 26, from Peers, Alta., attacked in remote area northwest of Swan Hills.
A black bear is seen near Lake Louise, Alberta, in June of 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

SWAN HILLS, Alta. — RCMP in Alberta say a 26-year-old tree planter has died after being attacked by a bear.

Spokesman Cpl. Troy Savinkoff said police were called on Saturday afternoon about the attack, which he said happened in a remote location northwest of Swan Hills. 

Savinkoff said the woman was flown by a private helicopter to the airport in Swan Hills, where they were met by EMS, but she did not survive.

A statement by Alberta's Justice and Solicitor General office said it is suspected the person was working in the area when an adult black bear attacked.

The statement said fish and wildlife officers have set up a trail camera and traps in the area, and that they took samples from the victim’s clothing for analysis to create a DNA profile of the bear. 

It said officers have located three black bears near the site of the attack and are awaiting DNA results to confirm if one of them is responsible.

Savinkoff said the woman was from Peers, Alta., but the family does not want her name released.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published August 2, 2021.

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