Four Bears Killed After Woman Mauled
Stl'atl'imx Tribal Service, a British Columbia community-based policing body, received reports of a missing woman. When they went to her house to investigate they found blood and torn scattered clothes leading down a hill. There was no garbage or food lying around that would've been bear attractant, the area was clean except for the blood. The body was found by the RCMP canine unit, 300-400 meters from the home. The marks, and hairs by the body point to death by black bear.
Black bears usually attack for 2 reasons, defensive, either their babies, food or territory, or a predatory attack. A recent study has shown that predatory attacks by male black bears is worse than attacks by black bear mothers defending their children. Fatal attacks on humans is rare in British Columbia, only 2 since 2000 have been reported.
Snares were set around the home, as well as helicopter monitoring in the vicinity of the home. The home of the victim was in bear territory. Four black bears have been shot and killed in the area. Necropsies done on the four bears did not turn up any evidence, but that could be from the large time span from the mauling and the necropsies. DNA samples from the bears have been sent to Alberta Fish and Wildlife Department in Edmonton to see if the DNA matches the hairs found on the body. An autopsy will be done on the woman to determine exact cause of death. Identity has not been released but the woman who was reported missing was a well-respected Xaxli'p elder. From the Vancouver Sun.