A 13-year-old girl had to be taken to hospital in Flin Flon with injuries considered not life threatening after being hit by a bullet fragment near Jan Lake.
A Ministry of Environment officer was involved in an operation to remove four bears from an outfitting camp. He used a shotgun to fire up at the bears which were in a tree. That officer was joined by a member of the public.
The girl, who was standing in the back of a half-ton truck approximately 75 metres away, was struck by a ricochet bullet fragment from one of the shotgun discharges.
The Ministry of Environment has been dealing with a number of bear incidents in the Jan Lake area, including the live-trapping of a bear last week. Two local outfitting camps called conservation officers Friday evening for public safety assistance with the four bears in question.
The incident is under investigation by the RCMP and the Ministry of Environment. No further comment will be provided until the investigation is completed.
Jan Lake is 68 kilometres northwest of Flin Flon