Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Hunt continues for bear that killed 70-year-old Quebec woman

MONTREAL — As conservation officers hunted Monday for a black bear that killed a 70-year-old woman, a Quebec wildlife expert insisted such horrorifying attacks against humans are rare.

Provincial wildlife biologist Marcel Pare says four people have died in black bear attacks in Quebec during the past 25 years. "There are more risks of attacks by grizzly bears in national parks in Western Canada," Pare said.

Cecile Verreault-Lavoie's husband went looking for her Friday evening when she didn't return from a fishing excursion in an isolated area near La Sarre, about 600 kilometres northwest of Ottawa.

Police say the man, also in his 70s, found Verreault-Lavoie's body and spotted a bear nearby before he contacted police.

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