CANMORE, Alberta (AP) – A grizzly bear mauled a woman jogger to death on a popular hiking trail over the weekend, only eight days after the animal was removed from another residential neighborhood after threatening people.

Isabelle Dube, 36, a competitive mountain biker originally from Cap-St-Ignace near Quebec City, was running on the trail Sunday afternoon in Canmore, 55 miles west of Calgary in the mountainous western province of Alberta, when the bear attacked.

Two friends with her ran to a nearby golf course for help and were not harmed, said Cpl. Brad Freer of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Dube had climbed a tree, her friends said, but by the time rescue workers got there, the grizzly had somehow gotten Dube out of the tree and mauled her to death.

Fish and wildlife officers later shot and killed the animal.

The trail, just outside the small city of Canmore, had been subject to a voluntary closure since April to protect a corridor designed to allow wildlife, including cougars and bears, to move between habitats.

Dube, a substitute French teacher, leaves behind a 5-year-old daughter, authorities said.

The same 200-pound, 4-year-old grizzly had been removed from a residential area just over a week ago, said Donna Babchishin, a spokeswoman for Alberta Sustainable Resource Development.

The bear was relocated after approaching Canmore resident Niki Davison, who was photographing wildflowers. It was tranquilized, fitted with a radio collar and flown by helicopter to an area inside Banff National Park.

Davison told CBC TV that the grizzly followed her and her basset hound for 10 minutes, but never attacked.

“I heard something crashing behind me; when I looked up I realized it was a grizzly,” said Davison. “When I realized it was a bear, it was kind of like your nightmare come true. I gathered my things and grabbed my dog and just backed up slowly.”

In recent years, environmentalists have fought to set up wildlife corridors on the outskirts of the community of 13,000, where resort golf courses and mountain chalets have expanded into prime wildlife habitat.

“We’ve kept on pushing and pushing and pushing until the wildlife has been squeezed out,” said Nigel Douglas of the Alberta Wilderness Association. “At some stage, we have to say enough is enough.”

Dube was the first person killed by a bear in Alberta since 1998.


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