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Hunter Injured By Bear

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October 31, 2011 01:25PM
Grand Teton National Park (WY)
Hunter Injured By Bear

A 32-year-old Jackson man hunting in the park was injured by a bear late yesterday morning. The incident occurred along the east side of the Snake River between Blacktail Ponds and Glacier View Overlooks. Protection rangers and resource management personnel are conducting an investigation of the incident. At this point it is too early to determine what species of bear was involved, the nature of the man's injuries, or if this was a defensive or predatory encounter. The man was carrying bear spray and following the recommended protocols for hunting in bear country. He told rangers that he dropped to the ground and covered his head when he spotted the bear, and that he did not fire any shots at it. He also said that he had not killed any elk that morning. Rangers and county deputies treated his injuries and got him to the roadside, where he was met by a park ambulance and transported to St. Johns Medical Center in Jackson for further treatment. Attacks by bears within the park are extremely rare. Only six have been reported in Grand Teton's history, none fatal. In 2007 a female grizzly bear with cubs mauled a jogger near Jackson Lake Lodge in a surprise encounter. Signs indicating that bear are frequenting the area have been placed near the spot where the hunter was injured.
Re: Hunter Injured By Bear
November 15, 2011 11:07AM
Nature fighting back!
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