Black Bear Attack in Northern BC
The BC Conservation Officer Service responded to a black bear attack at a remote mineral exploration camp north of Prince George. The attack took place shortly after 10 p.m. Monday, May 31 during camp set-up.
The victim was Gil Graham, who has been working in exploration in BC for more than 40 years as a technician, and is familiar with the site.
He received non-life-threatening puncture injuries, was treated medical treatment on-site and was transported to hospital in Prince George. The bear was killed by another worker after the attack.
Conservation Officers flew into the attack site June 1 as part of the investigation; to collect evidence and interview witnesses, and to ensure there was no public safety risk. The investigation determined that this was a surprise attack.
Gil, who is a long time AME supporter, is expected to make a full recovery. There is a fundraiser page to help with Gil’s rehabilitation; learn more here.
COVID-19 Vaccinations – Guidance for Mineral Explorers
As BC enters Step 2 of its Restart Plan, all British Columbians are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated. If you have not already done so, register to be alerted when it is time to book a vaccine appointment for your first or second dose.
To empower local partners in Northern BC including workplaces to share helpful information, Northern Health has created the COVID-19 Community Toolkit, a digital resource for community partners with 3 key goals:
- Get more people registered for their vaccine
- Highlight the community benefits of getting vaccinated
- Provide direction to trusted sources of information about vaccines and COVID-19
AME members active in Northern BC are encouraged to use and share this resource.