Bear to be tested after man's death in northwestern Ontario

Bear to be tested after man's death in northwestern Ontario Photo: WDIO/MGN

Updated: July 21, 2020 04:48 PM

Authorities plan to have a bear tested after finding it near the body of a man in northwestern Ontario.

Ontario Provincial Police say the 67-year-old man from Red Lake had left home on Monday morning to pick blueberries. He was reported missing later in the day.

OPP officers, with assistance of the Northwest Region Emergency Response Team, found the man dead. Officers killed a black bear in the vicinity of the man.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry plans to send the bear to the University of Guelph for testing.

Police reminded people to be aware of their surroundings when outdoors, and to call 911 if a bear poses an immediate threat by exhibiting threatening or aggressive behavior.

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