Mounties investigate after man shot by ENR officer in Fort Simpson

Photo of Fort Simpson courtesy of MACA

RCMP are investigating after a man was shot by Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) officer in the Dehcho community of Fort Simpson.

Mounties stated in a news release Saturday that it happened on Friday when the ENR officer shot at a bear that was within the town’s boundary and was posing a safety concern in the community.

Police say the ENR officer discharged his firearm in response to the bear’s aggressive behavior.

Shortly afterwards, RCMP stated that a man reported he had been injured as a result of the shot.

The injured man has been transferred to Yellowknife for treatment of a non-life threatening injury, Mounties say.

They don’t say where on his body he was hit or where he was in the community he was when it happened.

The bear was located later and destroyed but it’s not clear by whom.

Neither the victim nor the ENR officer have been identified.

Police have not said what type of firearm was used as they continue to investigate.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Fort Simpson RCMP at 695-1111, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, (click on “submit a web tip”) or text: “nwtnutips” plus your message to 274637.

Bears have been causing problems in Simpson.

According to ENR officials, three bears were shot and killed by the department in the community this past August compared to nine in August of last year.

Seven bears have been trapped and relocated across the Dehcho Region this year, according to ENR officials.


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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.