The widow of an American hunter is suing a BC guiding company after her husband was allegedly shot and killed by his guides.
59-year-old Jeffrey Cooper hired two guides from Wistaria Guiding in Burns Lake last May to help him fulfill his lifelong dream of bagging a grizzly bear.
A suit filed in B.C. Supreme Court claims the hunter was accidentally shot and killed by his guides after a bear charged his group, a day after Cooper shot and wounded it.
“It appears that there was a wounded bear and that they were pursuing the bear and then some circumstance of urgency took place and somehow or other the guide shot my client’s husband,” says Shirley Cooper’s Lawyer Jim Hanson.
Hanson says she is suing for loss of love and companionship.
“It was obviously a very very terrible thing for Shirley Cooper and a very unexpected type of accident where a gentleman goes hunting with a guide, and they shoot a bear, but in the end the guest gets shot as well.”
Criminal charges were not pursued.
None of the allegations have been proven in court.