Woman fatally attacked by bear in northern Saskatchewan identified as mother and teacher


The woman who died after being attacked by a black bear in northern Saskatchewan was a wife, mother, teacher and daughter.Stephanie Blais’ father struggles to find words to describe how he feels.

Woman killed in first fatal bear attack in Saskatchewan since 1983

Woman killed in first fatal bear attack in Saskatchewan since 1983

He called his 44-year-old daughter while she was at the family cottage around 5 p.m. on August 20 using the satellite phone he had lent her.

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“And the next sentence, she said to her nine (year old) son, ‘Go home and get the antenna for the phone so we can have better reception.’ These were the last words I heard from her. The next noise was what we know now – it was the noise of the bear attacking him, ”Hubert Esquirol told Global News.

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He added that his son-in-law is trained to deal with bears and acted immediately by spraying him with pepper.

After the spray didn’t work, he shot the bear once, but he was still standing.

He shot him a second time and the bear fell and eventually died.

Conservation officers and the Saskatchewan Coroner’s Service are investigating the incident.

Buffalo Narrows RCMP said it was the first fatal bear attack since 1983.

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Conservation officers told Global News on August 21 that this behavior was not common in the animal and that the older black bear weighed between 250 and 350 pounds.

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The cabin sits on Lake McKie, approximately 150 km north of Buffalo Narrows, and has been in the family since 1985.

It is in a remote area and the family has to take a small plane to reach the lake.

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Esquirol said it was a special place for her daughter, noting that she spent her honeymoon at the chalet.

He added that while it is extremely tragic, northern Saskatchewan is part of him.

“My intention is to go back, to continue as if she was with us, because she wouldn’t want us to give up on this game because of the accident. She would like us to think of her and chase our dream, ”Esqirol said.

He mentioned that his daughter lived a very adventurous lifestyle and traveled to all continents other than South America and Antarctica.

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