May 20, 2014 8:31 am
Updated: May 20, 2014 8:33 am

DNA confirms bear in northern Alberta attack

Global News has learned the identity of a bear mauling victim in northern Alberta: Lorna Weafer of Fort McMurray.


EDMONTON – Alberta Fish and Wildlife has confirmed that the bear responsible for the death of a woman near Fort McMurray has been put down.

Lorna Weafer was working at a Suncor plant in the oil sands north of Fort McMurray earlier this month when she was mauled to death by a black bear.

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A bear was captured and killed shortly after the incident, and there is now DNA confirmation that the animal destroyed was the correct one.

Another bear thought to be responsible for the death was also captured, but has now been released into the wild.

A group of colleagues tried to save the 36 year old, but were unsuccessful.

Read More: Family of bear attack victim responds to her ‘sudden and tragic’ death

Weafer was an instrument tech with Suncor.

She is remembered by family and friends as a kind, compassionate woman, who lived life to the fullest.

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