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Hibernating black bear killed by mulcher near Fort Nelson

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An oil and gas company is investigating after a hibernating black bear was run over and killed by a mulcher near Fort Nelson last week.  

A contractor was doing seismic work and land clearing for Apache in the Liard Basin, about 100 kilometers northwest of Fort Nelson. Apache spokesperson Paul Wyke says a mulcher ran over a black bear den, killing the bear instantly. 

The Conservation Officer service investigated the death, and calls it an "unfortunate accident."

The company will not face any penalties. 

Apache says it is working with the Fort Nelson First Nation and environmental consultants to develop a plan for identifying bear dens to prevent future deaths. The company says it has stopped work at the site while it conducts its investigation. 


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