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Bear in potential attack in northern Alberta will be left alone, province says

File photo of "Bear 148," seen here in an undated handout photo, is a grizzly in the Banff area whose repeated human contacts are threatening its future.
File photo of "Bear 148," seen here in an undated handout photo, is a grizzly in the Banff area whose repeated human contacts are threatening its future. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Parks Canada, Alex P. Taylor

The province says a bear involved in a suspected attack in a remote area of northern Alberta will be left alone, since it appears to have acted defensively.

Police said last week they responded to a call from the medical centre in Swan Hills, about 220 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.

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A man had come in with superficial injuries, mostly scratches, in an apparent bear mauling.

Alberta Fish and Wildlife officers were called by police to deal with the bear.

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The province says its officers went to the medical centre where the man was being treated.

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He told them he saw what he thought was a grizzly bear as he crested the top of a hill in a remote area, approximately 20 kilometres northwest of Goose Mountain.

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