ENR officials put down bear found near man’s body not far from Fort Liard

Fort Liard photo courtesy of Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA)

Officials from the territorial government’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) have destroyed a bear near Fort Liard, not far from where a man’s body was found last Wednesday.

It is still unclear whether a bear is responsible for the man’s death.

His body has been sent to Edmonton for an autopsy to try to determine a cause of death.

CKLB is not naming the man who was from the area and had a cabin nearby.

According to Meagan Wohlberg, spokesperson for ENR, officers responded to a report of a possible human-bear encounter on Wednesday evening in coordination with RCMP.

“Renewable Resource Officers located and destroyed a bear, but operations continue in the event that there could be multiple bears,” Wohlburg stated in an email. “Officers in the Dehcho Region continue to advise members of the public to avoid the Big Creek area on the trail to Bovie Lake at this time, and will advise the public once the operation has been completed.”

Wohlberg hasn’t said exactly how the bear was put down or whether officers tried to trap it first.

She does add that ENR is reminding people to be “bear aware,” to inform others of travel plans and itineraries when on the land, and to contact ENR if they have wildlife concerns.

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John McFadden
John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018. John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL). John worked in Ontario before coming North including stints as a TV sportscaster in Peterborough and senior news writer for CBC and CTV in downtown Toronto.