By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
A man suffered non-life-threatening injuries over the weekend when he was injured by a grizzly bear, according to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.
The man was injured Saturday while looking for shed antlers in the Kirk Inberg/Kevin Roy Wildlife Habitat Management area east of Dubois. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment.
Game and Fish Department personnel in the area immediately responded to the scene. Their investigation revealed the attack resulted from a surprise encounter with a female grizzly bear accompanied by yearling offspring. The mother was killed during the encounter, which is being investigated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
No bears were present when investigators returned to the attack site. No further management actions are planned at this time.
“Our thoughts are with the individual who was injured, and we wish him a full and speedy recovery,” said Lander Regional Wildlife Supervisor Jason Hunter. “Even those who are very comfortable and savvy in the outdoors can be surprised by a bear. With this in mind, we continue to encourage anyone recreating in bear country to remain alert.”
This is the second human injured by a bear this spring in Wyoming, the first being a man attacked near Cody. A grizzly in Wapiti was euthanized earlier in May after repeatedly breaking into a chicken coop.