Suncor Energy regretfully reported an employee was the victim of a bear attack this afternoon at its Oil Sands base plant approximately 15.5 miles (25 kilometers) north of Fort McMurray. The employee was pronounced deceased on the scene.
The RCMP along with Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (AESRD) - Fish and Wildlife Division responded to the scene and the animal was put down.
"We are shocked by this very unusual incident and there are no words to express the tragedy of this situation. Our thoughts and prayers go out to family, friends and co-workers," said Mark Little, Suncor executive vice president, Upstream. "All of us need to focus on personal safety and I would urge everyone to be extremely vigilant in dealing with wildlife."
Notification of family is ongoing and the name of the individual will not be released without their consent.
Suncor is working with the appropriate authorities and will complete a full investigation.
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