Irish woman mauled to death by bear in Canada


Bear attacks and kills woman in Canada

An Irish woman has died after being viciously attacked by a bear in Canada.

Lorna Weafer, 36, originally from Dublin, was mauled by the large male black bear as she carried out electrical work on an oilfield in Alberta, Canada.

Lorna and her parents Frank and Margaret emigrated to Canada over 30 years ago.

Ms Weafer worked as an engineer 25 miles away from her Fort McMurray home at the Suncor oil field.

According to the Irish Mirror, the attack took place at around 2.15pm on Wednesday as Ms Weafer was leaving a portable washroom.

Witnesses of the fatal attack desperately tried to fight off the bear with fire extinguishers and water cannons, reports the Irish Independent.

Lorna's co-workers blasted air horns to try to scare the animal away, but to no effect.

According to Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OHS), the bear was mature and was later tracked down and killed by officers.

Bear attacks are considered to be extremely rare in North America.

Lorna's brothers Keith and Darren are flying from Thailand and Australia to join their parents who still live in Canada, reports the Irish Mirror.

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