PAPS deal with bear spray attack

Jodi Schellenberg
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Another person has fallen victim to bear spray in Prince Albert.

Sgt. Brandon Mudry speaks about bear spray at the Prince Albert Police Service media conference on Monday.

Since May, the Daily Herald has reported at least four separate bear spray attacks in the city.

“It seems to come up very frequently here,” said Sgt. Brandon Mudry of the Prince Albert Police Service.

They have started putting in place some proactive initiatives to try to help mitigate the bear spray attacks.

“We have businesses we are working with to try to see who is buying bear spray,” Mudry said. “There are places in the community who do sell it -- some are participating in the program which requires you to provide identification when you do buy it. We thank the businesses for that obviously.”

Since there are many different ways and different places to buy bear spray, he said they do have difficulties finding where the spray is coming from.

“It is being vigilant in laying charges, which we are,” Mudry said. “When we do come across it, whether it is a possession of weapon charge, or when it is used in the commission of an offence, charges are always laid. We are certainly doing our best to curb it.”

Prince Albert isn’t the only community trying to curb bear spray use against people, he said.

“I don’t think it is necessarily just here,” Mudry said. “You read about it and other communities have their issues as well.”

Bear spray is not created to be used against humans and is only supposed to be used when camping or in the forest for protection from bears.

“It is hard to say why people necessarily use it as a weapon,” Mudry said. “It certainly would be effective, unfortunately.”

The most recent happened on Saturday, Mudry said, when a woman made a report to police after being sprayed with the mace.

She was treated at the Victoria Hospital before making her way to the police station to make a report. She was at a party with friend and one of them assaulted her with the bear spray.

Mudry said she knew her attacker and a warrant has been issued for the arrest of a 20-year-old male who faces charges of Assault with a Weapon and Breach of Undertaking.

Organizations: Prince Albert, Daily Herald, Victoria Hospital

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