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Man Searches For Grizzly, Man Finds Grizzly, Man Gets Attacked by Grizzly

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You could argue it was a successful day for a Choteau, Montana, man who went out searching for a grizzly bear after hearing reports it was near his farm.

After all, Shannun Rammel successfully found the bear. But the grizzly, like many grizzlies, didn’t like being surprised.

Before you condemn him, it’s not like Rammel spotted the bear, snuck up to it, put on a Halloween mask, and yelled “boo!”.

Instead, the man — who has nine children and lives in the area — got word from a farmer friend that there was a grizzly near his place.

He saw some tracks at a pond and wondered if the bear might have been attracted to something in an abandoned shed.

In a horror movie, this is where the slow motion starts and the spooky music begins to play.

Because just like in a horror movie, once Rammel opened the door, chaos erupted.

Except he didn’t run into a leather-clad deranged man with a chainsaw, he ran into the grizzly. But the result was the same.

“The bear had him and was throwing him like a rag doll,” his wife Jammie told the Great Falls Tribune. “My 12-year-old daughter was standing by me. She was watching her dad and screaming her head off – ‘There’s a bear! There’s a bear!'”

She said her first inclination was to take their truck and try to run over the grizzly – which would have been a great addition to the aforementioned horror movie.

But it didn’t get to that point as once the grizzly heard the vehicle fire up, it ran away.

Jammie drove toward the shed, mentioning that she was driving slowly because she “didn’t want to run [her] husband over.”

She took her husband to a local hospital where he underwent treatment for cuts and bites to his upper body.

“When his forearm was opened up you could actually look down and see the tendons and bone,” she told the newspaper.

As for the bear, just like Michael Myers, it disappeared.

The Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Department said it searched the greater area with a helicopter.

The agency said the bear was not located “which isn’t surprising as bears will often flee an area after an encounter such as this.”  

Agency officials said they will continue monitoring the situation and trapping efforts.

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Surprised Hiker Captures Video of Grizzly Barreling Down on Two Mountain Goats

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Grizzly bear at Glacier National Park.

GRIZZLY BEAR VIDEO: Thanks to Regina Louisa for sending in this video of grizzly bear on the Hidden Lake Overlook Trail in Glacier National Park on Saturday night.

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We don’t blame the hiker for the wobbly video.

After all, if we were just feet away from a grizzly barreling down the mountainside in full pursuit of two mountain goats, our video might be wobbly too.

Especially because the grizzly had two paths it could take when the mountain goats split up.

One of the paths led to where the hiker stood. Luckily for the hiker, the grizzly chose to go after Mountain Goat B.

This is just another bear story in a year where bear stories seem to be popping up everywhere.

From the news that the number of grizzly attacks at this point in the season is a record-breaker  to the numerous accounts of bears being euthanized due to human encounters, to the recent court ruling that keep grizzly bears on the Endangered Species List, bears have been everywhere in the news.

Couple these events with the ever-present smartphone and if you want bears, you’ve got ’em.

And because of the technology, we get to see things like this video which came out of Glacier National Park in Montana and was sent to NBC Montana on Monday morning.

No word if the mountain goat survived. The hiker, for some reason, chose not to run after the grizzly to get the footage.

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Hiker Surprises Grizzly Bear; Grizzly Bear Flattens Hiker

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It’s starting to feel like if there’s not a bear attack to report on every day, something’s awry.

Thankfully, Wyoming skirmishes with bears this summer have not been fatal, including an incident reported Tuesday south of Cody.

The circumstances seem to follow a pattern. 

An individual was hiking alone on Deer Creek Pass in Shoshone National Forest and surprised a grizzly bear.

Not surprisingly, the grizzly did not take kindly to the surprise and charged the hiker.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department reported the grizzly knocked the hiker to the ground and took off.

“The victim sustained injuries to his chest and arm, but was able to bandage his wounds and hike out,” the department said.

The hiker was picked up by Game and Fish personnel and taken to the hospital.

Another bit of good news: because of the remote location and the low probability of finding the bear, no management action is planned.

That means the bear will live and hopefully hikers will not surprise it in the future.

“Game and Fish always has the safety of outdoor recreationists at the forefront of our minds,” said Dan Smith, Cody Regional Wildlife Supervisor. “We will continue to make management decisions in the best interest of public safety.”

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Jogger Bounces Off Grizzly While Running; Both Tumble Down Trail And Separate

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We haven’t seen a grizzly encounter like this so far this year.

The Glacier National Park Service reports that a jogger was running with two others on the Huckleberry Lookout Trail when she ran into a young grizzly — literally — on Saturday morning.

She not only collided into the bear, she then bounced off the bear and both of them went tumbling down the trail together.

“Once separated, the bear ran off,” the Park Service said. 

The woman received minor injuries to her head and arm but was able to walk back to the trail, meet back up with her friends, and then drove off to the hospital in Kalispell where she received some treatment.

It truly is unfortunate that there wasn’t a trail-cam that recorded the incident as it would seem difficult to accidentally run into a bear. Even young grizzlies are quite large.

Further, the site of a grizzly bear interlocked with a person tumbling down a trail would also be quite fascinating to see.

Then, once the tumbling ends, seeing the bear come-to and running away would be engaging to watch.

Of course, the speculation is fun because both the jogger and the bear ended up OK.

Regardless, the Park Service re-issued a press release Saturday reminding people that grizzly bears are dangerous — even the kind that bounce off joggers.

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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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