A mining company says a contractor at one of its sites in northern Saskatchewan is in hospital after he was mauled by a wolf.
Cameco says the 26-year-old victim was on his lunch break at the Cigar Lake uranium mine early Monday morning when the wolf made the unprovoked attack.
Company spokesman Rob Gereghty says a security guard scared the animal away.
“We were very fortunate the security guard was in the place where she was at the time of the incident. She took a number of steps to not only get the animal away but also to administer first aid.”
Gereghty would not release details on the worker’s injuries, however he says they were serious enough the man had to be airlifted to hospital in the middle of the night.
The worker remains in a Saskatoon hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.
Meanwhile employees on site have been put on alert and all personnel have been told they must use vehicles to get around the area until further notice.
Another Cameco miner was injured in 2004 when he was jumped by a wolf at the Key Lake mine.