Oilsands workers tried to save woman from deadly bear attack

Lorna Weafer, 36, was killed in a bear attack at a Suncor oilsands site Wednesday. (Handout)

Lorna Weafer, 36, was killed in a bear attack at a Suncor oilsands site Wednesday. (Handout)

Kevin Maimann, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:00 AM ET

EDMONTON -- Co-workers used shovels, rocks and air horns in a desperate attempt to stop a deadly bear attack on a female employee at a Suncor oilsands site.

Suncor instrument technician Lorna Weafer, 36, of Fort McMurray, Alta., has been identified by relatives as the woman killed in the attack Wednesday afternoon.

Unifor Local 707A president Roland Lefort said about 10 co-workers were in the area when Weafer was attacked by an adult male black bear after stepping out of a mobile trailer washroom.

He said employees blew air horns and used shovels and rocks to try to scare off the animal during the prolonged attack, to no avail.

"They tried best as they could to assist and tried to distract the bear, but none of their efforts were successful," Lefort said.

Wood Buffalo RCMP later shot and killed a bear that they believe attacked the woman.

Lefort said the bear acted strangely by attacking Weafer in what he describes as a fairly open area on a main Suncor work site.

"The bear just attacked," he said. "We live and work in the boreal forest and we interact with bears all the time in our homes and in our workplace - this was not a normal bear. There was something wrong with that bear."


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