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Police say ENR officer may have shot a man in Fort Simpson


RCMP in Fort Simpson say they are investigating reports a wildlife officer trying to shoot a bear may have hit a man instead.

Police said the incident happened on Friday.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) officer was "tracking a bear within the town's boundary that posed a safety concern," police said in a statement on Saturday.

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"The ENR Officer discharged his firearm in response to the bear’s aggressive behaviour," RCMP wrote in the statement. "Shortly thereafter, a man reported he had been injured as a result of the discharge."

An investigation has begun. The injured man was taken to Yellowknife for treatment of an injury that police said was not life-threatening.

The identities of the officer and the injured man were not made public.

Police said the bear was later located and destroyed.

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RCMP asked anyone with information about the incident to contact the Fort Simpson detachment at 867-695-1111 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources did not immediately comment.

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