Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Grizzly Attack in Alberta: Bear Was Protecting Cubs, Will Be Left Alone

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Grizzly Attack in Alberta: Bear Was Protecting Cubs, Will Be Left Alone

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Grizzly that attacked woman will be left alone

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COCHRANE, Alta. - A wildlife spokesman says a grizzly bear was trying to protect her cubs when she attacked two people at a campground in the backcountry northwest of Calgary.

A 25-year-old woman who was having a picnic with her boyfriend was charged and bitten on the arm by the mother grizzly on Tuesday.

Fish and wildlife spokesman Brendan Cox says the bear will not be tracked down and destroyed.

Coleman Blair, whose family owns the Trapper's Hill campground by the Ghost River, said he came upon the attack and was able to pry the bear's jaws open.

The woman was taken to hospital and was in stable condition.

Cox says a large part of the area will be closed to recreational use until further notice.

"The sow was reacting naturally to protect her cubs," Cox said Wednesday. …

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