Saskatchewan

Girl hit by bullet fragment during bear removal operation

A 13-year-old girl was taken to hospital Friday after being hit by a bullet fragment near Jan Lake, Sask.

Girl's injuries not life-threatening, RCMP say

A Ministry of Environment conservation officer used a shotgun to fire upwards at four bears in a tree, while a member of the public shot one of the bears with his own gun when it fell to the ground. A 13-year-old girl standing nearby was struck by a ricochet bullet fragment. (Tyson Koschik/CBC file photo)

A 13-year-old girl was rushed to hospital Friday after being hit by a bullet fragment near Jan Lake, Sask. while a conservation officer was trying to take down a bear.

She was struck just after 10 p.m. CST after two local outfitting camps called conservation officers to remove four problem bears from the area.

A Ministry of Environment conservation officer used a shotgun to fire upwards at the bears, which were in a tree.

A member of the public shot one of the bears with his own gun when it fell to the ground.

The girl was standing in the back of a half-ton truck about 75 metres away and was hit by a ricochet bullet fragment from one of the shotgun discharges.

All four bears were killed, a Ministry of Environment spokesperson said. 

Pelican Narrows RCMP seized a number of firearms from the scene and are investigating the matter with support from the Ministry of Environment.

RCMP say the girl's injuries are non life-threatening. 

The Ministry of Environment has dealt with multiple bears in the Jan Lake area recently, including the live-trapping of a bear last week.

Jan Lake is located about 30 kilometres south of Pelican Narrows, Sask.

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