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Grizzly Knocks Woman Down in Yellowstone; Will Not Be Destroyed

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

A Missouri woman sustained a minor injury after encountering a bear in Yellowstone National Park on Monday.

According to a news release, the Columbia, Missouri woman, 37, encountered the female grizzly while hiking on the Fairy Falls Trail near Old Faithful.

The woman was hiking alone when she encountered two grizzlies at close range. The female bear knocked the woman down and she suffered a scratch on her thigh. The woman attempted to use her bear spray.

When the woman fell, she also received minor injuries to her face. She declined medical attention.

Following the incident, the Fairy Falls Trail was cleared of hikers. The trail and surrounding area have been temporarily closed.

“From the injured person’s statements, this appears to be a typical case of a mother grizzly bear protecting her offspring following a close-range encounter,” said Kerry Gunther, a park bear management biologist. “Because this bear was displaying natural protective behavior for its cub, no action will be taken against the bear. Several trails in the area will be closed to give the grizzly family group time to clear from the area.”  

This is the first incident of a bear injuring a visitor in Yellowstone this year. The last time a bear injured a visitor in the park was June 2019, when a black bear bit into an occupied tent and bruised a woman’s thigh.

This incident is under investigation.  

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West Yellowstone Man Attacked By Grizzly In Idaho State Park

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

An elderly West Yellowstone, Montana, man was attacked by a sow grizzly with two yearling cubs over the weekend.

According to a news release from Idaho Fish and Game, Gregory Godar, 73, and his wife had a “surprise encounter” with the bear and her cubs late Friday afternoon in Henrys Lake State Park in eastern Idaho.

The couple was hiking along the Outlet Overlook Trail when they came across the grizzlies. Godar was unable to deploy the bear spray he had strapped to his chest.

“If I had one word of advice, it would be to carry your bear spray in your hand and not strapped to your chest,” Godar said in the release. “I think if I had it in my hand I could have stopped her.”

He also explained that his wife was able to deploy her spray as they backed out of the area, but the bears were too far away by that time. 

Godar was injured, but was able to walk out of the park on his own. Around 5:30 p.m., he was transported by helicopter to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls. He was treated for his injuries and released.

Nearby hikers, anglers and residents of the Henrys Lake area were contacted about the attack.

Fish and Game conducted a sweep of the trail system on Saturday, but found no bears. The attack site was found, with a mostly consumed animal carcass nearby, which was collected and removed.

Several day beds used by bears were found in the vicinity of the attack site, though.

Due to the surprise nature of the attack, wildlife officials determined it was unnecessary to trap or pursue the bears at this time. Fish and Game recommended to park officials that the trails remain closed for about a week.

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Man Injured, Grizzly Killed Over Weekend in Dubois

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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.

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Grizzly Captured, Euthanized In Wapiti

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

A grizzly was bear captured and euthanized in Wapiti earlier this week after repeatedly breaking into a chicken coop.

This was the third time the bear has been captured by the Cody regional Game and Fish office. Dusty Lasseter, community coordinator for the Game and Fish Department’s “Bear Wise” program, explained that the first two times, it had been caught in a trap meant for another bear.

Lasseter said that the bear was in poor physical condition when captured on Tuesday, with officials noting that he had lost around 85 pounds and had a large wound on his back, possibly from another bear.

“We take in a lot of different factors when we decide to euthanize a bear,” Lasseter explained. “Obviously, we’re not going to tolerate a bear breaking into a building. But if a bear climbs into an apple tree, that’s a different story.”

After the bear was euthanized, its body was donated to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Lasseter noted that its beautiful winter coat and large size were among the reasons the bear was a great specimen for the museum.

Adult male bears have already come out of hibernation, but female bears and cubs are leaving hibernation around early May. Lasseter recommended for anyone living in bear country in Wyoming to secure their “attractants.”

“You have to be really diligent about deterring bears from your house,” he said. “If you’re out hiking, you need to be prepared with bear spray and possibly a firearm. Don’t go alone. We’re predators, too, so a large group of people will be intimidating for a bear.”

Another grizzly in the area was far luckier last week despite attacking a man.

This bear surprised a antler hunter and while mauling the individual accidentally bit-down on his holstered can of bear spray.

The attack stopped, the man was able to get back to his ATV where he was airlifted to a Billings hospital, and the Game and Fish department announced there would likely not be any repercussions for the animal.

“Due to the circumstances involved a surprise encounter and the inability to identify the individual bear, Game and Fish does not plan to take management action at this time, and no area closures have been implemented,” the department said.

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Grizzly Stops Attacking Cody Man After Accidentally Biting Can of Bear Spray

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Here’s a silver lining for you.

If you have to get mauled by a grizzly bear, try to maneuver your bear spray into his mouth so he bites down on it.

That’s what happened to Spencer Smith, the Cody man who was mauled last Friday in the Sunlight Basin area in northwestern Wyoming.

The Game and Fish Department on Tuesday announced they finished their investigation and concluded Smith’s survival might be due to a fortuitous chomp on the bear spray.

“During the encounter, the bear bit Smith’s bear spray holstered on his hip, rupturing the canister and presumably causing the bear to break off the attack,” the report reads.

Smith survived the attack and was airlifted to a Billings hospital on Friday where he was in stable condition with “severe” neck injuries.

Despite those injuries Smith was able to walk more than a mile from the attack area to his ATV, where he received assistance from Game and Fish Department personnel.

There’s good news for the bear as well. The adult male grizzly is unlikely to be put down.

“Due to the circumstances involved a surprise encounter and the inability to identify the individual bear, Game and Fish does not plan to take management action at this time, and no area closures have been implemented,” the statement reads.

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Cody Man Mauled By Grizzly Bear Sustains Severe Neck Injury

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A Cody man suffered a “severe” neck injury Friday morning after getting attacked by a grizzly bear in the East Painter Creek area of Park County.

The Park County Sheriff’s Office received an SOS signal activation at 10:47 a.m. alerting them to the bear attack.

The office reported that Spencer Smith of Cody was antler hunting in the area when encountering the bear.

Smith was attempting to walk to his four-wheeler when attacked.

A number of groups including the Park County Search and Rescue, Park County Sheriff’s Office, Cody Regional Wilderness and Response Team, Wyoming Game and Fish Department and Guardian Flight all took part in the search for Smith.

At 11:31 a.m., the four-wheeler was spotted. Shortly thereafter, Smith was found and loaded into the Guardian helicopter for transport to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Billings, Montana.

Smith is described as alert and in stable condition, according to the sheriff’s office.

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