WPR News
10:58 am
Thu May 24, 2007

Grizzzly Attacks Man In Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park – A Montana man suffered
severe injuries to his face today (Wednesday) after being attacked
by grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park.
The Park Service says the man was taking photographs of bears
along Trout Creek in Hayden Valley when he was attacked.
After the attack, the man hiked 2 to 3 miles before other park
visitors found him at about 1 p-m. The man told park rangers that a
sow bear with a cub attacked him.
The man was taken by ambulance to West Yellowstone, Montana, and
then transported by helicopter to Eastern Idaho Medical Center in
Idaho Falls.
Authorities say the man is in his late fifties. A hospital
spokeswoman declined to release information on his condition this
evening (Wednesday).
Yellowstone Spokesman Al Nash says he was told that the man
suffered severe injuries to his face consistent with being clawed
by the bear. Nash says the park plans a thorough investigation.
The Park Service says there were no human injuries from bears in
Yellowstone last year and only eight minor injuries have been
reported since 2000. The last bear-caused human fatality in the
park was in 1986.