August 29, 2016 9:04 pm
Updated: August 31, 2016 11:07 am

Man in hospital after wolf attack at northern Saskatchewan mine

A man is recovering in a Saskatoon hospital after a wolf attack that is the first of its kind at the Cigar Lake mine in northern Saskatchewan.

AP Photo/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Gary Kramer, File
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UPDATE: The Ministry of Environment sent two conservation officers to the site to investigate and try to track the animal. The ministry also provided Cameco employees with a wolf safety briefing on Tuesday.

A 26-year-old contractor is in a Saskatoon hospital after being attacked by a wolf early Monday morning at Cameco’s Cigar Lake mine in northern Saskatchewan, according to a company spokesman.

At around 12:05 a.m. CT, the contractor sustained injuries from an “unprovoked” wolf attack, according to Cameco spokesperson Rob Gereghty.

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He added that a security guard in the area scared the wolf away and gave the man medical attention before he was taken by air ambulance to Saskatoon later in the morning.

The wolf was still on the loose as of Monday evening, according to Gereghty.  Employees at the site are on alert and will use vehicles to move around until further notice.

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Gereghty said the incident was the first ever wolf attack at Cigar Lake. The mine boasts the world’s highest grade uranium, according to Cameco’s website.

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