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Yukon will review how it teaches bear safety in wake of deadly grizzly mauling

WHITEHORSE — A deadly bear mauling has spurred the Yukon government to review how it teaches the public to behave during dangerous animal encounters.

A coroner's report released last week recommended the territory improve its education methods around bear attacks after a woman was killed by a grizzly in Johnsons Crossing, about 120 kilometres southeast of Whitehorse.

Claudia Huber played dead during the October 2014 attack, which coroner Kirsten Macdonald described in her four-page report as the incorrect response.

The report concluded Huber died after a bullet, fired by her partner Matthias Liniger and intended for the bear, ricocheted off a nearby branch and fatally wounded her.

The territory's environment department says it will review its current education materials over the winter before deciding whether changes need to be made.

The coroner's report also recommended Yukon provide additional information on how to properly store food and other bear attractants in cabins. (Whitehorse Star)

The Canadian Press

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