RCMP are investigating a report of a bear encounter near Tulita, NT, as well as a missing person.
At approximately 7:45 am, August 15, 2019, RCMP received a signal from an emergency communications device. The location, approximately 50 km south of Tulita, is only reachable by water or air.
Weather conditions prevented travelling by water. GNWT Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) has been engaged, due to the report of the bear encounter. RCMP and ENR travelled to the location by helicopter.
A woman reported her travelling companion had an encounter with a bear. The man was reported missing after the encounter. The woman was able to make contact with another party, travelling in the same area, and requested assistance. The party activated their emergency communications device. The woman and the travelling party have been extracted from the area.
RCMP with partner agencies are searching for the missing man. Additionally, RCMP and partner agencies are investigating the report of the bear encounter.
Due to the remote location, RCMP is not requesting public assistance, and will continue to work with partner agencies.
As this is an ongoing situation, updates will be provided when available.