CANADA — A worker at an oil sands plant in Canada was attacked and killed by a bear Wednesday.
The attack took place at a Suncor Energy base plant, 200 miles north of Edmonton.
“We are shocked by this very unusual incident and there are no words to express the tragedy of this situation,” said Mark Little, a Suncor executive vice president.
Between 1900 and 2009, 63 people were killed in 59 incidents in Canada and the United States, according to a 2011 Journal of Wildlife Management report. The study concludes that as human populations and developments rise, so have bear attacks.
The bear in the Wednesday attack was put down.
Barrie Harrison with Alberta Occupational Health and Safety told CBC News that the victim was a woman. Officials are now looking into whether she was alone when the attack occurred.
“I do know that, certainly from an Occupational Health and Safety perspective, this is the first that I’m aware of having a worker either seriously injured or killed by a bear of any variety,” Harrison said.