A man was mauled by a grizzly bear near Cody over the weekend, the Park County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday.
Around 7:30 a.m. Saturday, the sheriff’s office’s communications division received a report from an injured hunter. The 45-year-old man told dispatchers that he had been mauled by a grizzly, sustained injuries and needed assistance.
He was around five miles from U.S. Highway 14 when he called in the report.
Park County Search and Rescue, a Guardian helicopter from Riverton and a Cody Regional Health ambulance were all immediately paged to respond. During this time, the injured hunter made the decision to ride out of the wilderness with the rest of his hunting party to meet emergency responders.
The search and rescue team contacted him around 9:30 a.m. on the north side of the Shoshone River. Thirty minutes later, the hunter and ground team arrived at the staging area and he was treated by emergency personnel.
He was transported by helicopter to Billings for further care.
The mauling is currently under investigation by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.