YNP Hikers Attacked by Bear "Did the Right Thing" - ABC FOX MONTANA NEWS, WEATHER, SPORTS - KTMF/KWYB

YNP Hikers Attacked by Bear "Did the Right Thing"

Posted: Updated:
MISSOULA -

Two hikers were treated for injuries in the first bear attack of the summer in Yellowstone National Park. Park Spokesman Al Nash said the hikers were in a thickly forested area when a sow attacked.

"This is our first bear encounter of the year," Nash said.

In a press release, Nash said four hikers were a few miles down the Cygnet Lakes Trail southwest of Canyon Village when they saw a young cub approaching them around 11:30 Thursday morning. An adult female grizzly then appeared at very close range and charged the group. Two hikers immediately discharged their canisters of bear spray and the sow and cub left the area after an encounter which lasted about a minute.

"This is a group of people that did the right thing and while they were injured they were able to walk themselves out to the trailhead," Nash said.

This is the first bear attack of the summer for the park and Nash said last year they had no bear attacks, though the year before a sow with cubs was responsible for two separate fatal attacks in the park. While this incident remains under investigation biologists said the sow's behavior is consistent with purely defensive actions taken after a surprise encounter with people.

"We have no history with this bear, but our focus first and foremost was on these individuals," Nash said.

One person was treated at the scene, while the second hiker was transported  to an area hospital with bite and claw wounds. As a precaution the Cygnet Lakes Trail and the surrounding area have been temporarily closed. 

In addition, the park has closed the nearby Mary Mountain area to any off trail travel. Nash reminds people to hike in groups of three or more, make noise on the trail and carry bear spray.

  • NationalMore>>

  • Detroit's historic bankruptcy trial to begin

    Detroit's historic bankruptcy trial to begin

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 2:11 AM EDT2014-09-02 06:11:09 GMT
    Lawyers for Detroit will attempt to convince a judge with the start of the city's bankruptcy trial that its plans to wipe out billions of dollars in debt should be approved.
    Lawyers for Detroit will attempt to convince a federal judge at the city's bankruptcy trial that its plans to wipe out billions of dollars in debt should be approved.
  • $2.4B Revel casino to shut down early Tuesday

    $2.4B Revel casino to shut down early Tuesday

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 2:01 AM EDT2014-09-02 06:01:16 GMT
    Little more than two years after opening with high hopes of turning around Atlantic City's struggling casino market, Revel will close its doors Tuesday morning.
    Little more than two years after opening with high hopes of turning around Atlantic City's struggling casino market, Revel will close its doors Tuesday morning.
  • 9-foot Joe Frazier statue rising in Philadelphia

    9-foot Joe Frazier statue rising in Philadelphia

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 1:51 AM EDT2014-09-02 05:51:17 GMT
    Busloads of tourists line up every day in Philadelphia to take photos with a statue of Rocky Balboa, the fictional heavyweight fighter made famous by Sylvester Stallone.
    Busloads of tourists line up every day in Philadelphia to take photos with a statue of Rocky Balboa, the fictional heavyweight fighter made famous by Sylvester Stallone.
  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • PHOTOS: Hobo Spider season has arrived

    PHOTOS: Hobo Spider season has arrived

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:37:17 GMT
    KHQ.COM - Mid August is about the time that we start to see spiders come into our homes, particularly the hobo spider. August and September is mating season for the hobo and that means you may be seeing more funnel-like webs in and around your home. Males are on a mission to find a female which is why they are a lot more active at this time.
    KHQ.COM - Mid August is about the time that we start to see spiders come into our homes, particularly the hobo spider. August and September is mating season for the hobo and that means you may be seeing more funnel-like webs in and around your home. Males are on a mission to find a female which is why they are a lot more active at this time.
  • Sentinel High School Principal And Assistant Principal Suspended

    Sentinel High School Principal And Assistant Principal Suspended

    Monday, September 1 2014 3:35 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:35:48 GMT
    Missoula County Public Schools suspended two of Sentinel High School's top administrators for "board policy violation."
    Missoula County Public Schools suspended two of Sentinel High School's top administrators for "board policy violation."
  • Cobell Settlement Checks Could Be Mailed By Fall 2014

    Cobell Settlement Checks Could Be Mailed By Fall 2014

    Friday, August 15 2014 9:03 PM EDT2014-08-16 01:03:47 GMT
    The people in charge of doling out money in the Cobell settlement want to put checks in the mail by this fall.
    The people in charge of doling out money in the Cobell settlement want to put checks in the mail by this fall.
  • Man Arrested For Alleged Sexual Assault On Police Officer

    Man Arrested For Alleged Sexual Assault On Police Officer

    Monday, September 1 2014 3:38 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:38:19 GMT
    A 23-year-old Missoula man is arrested after police say he sexually assaulted a female police officer as she was performing a bar check downtown.
    A 23-year-old Missoula man is arrested after police say he sexually assaulted a female police officer as she was performing a bar check downtown.
  • Joan Rivers' daughter: 'Keeping our fingers crossed'

    Joan Rivers' daughter: 'Keeping our fingers crossed'

    Monday, September 1 2014 10:33 AM EDT2014-09-01 14:33:34 GMT
    KHQ.COM - The Today Show has reported that Joan Rivers is now on life support. River's went into cardiac arrest at a New York doctor's office while she underwent a "minor throat surgery" on Thursday. Melissa Rivers said in a statement Sunday that "we are keeping our fingers crossed." She's thanking people for expressing their support.

    KHQ.COM - The Today Show has reported that Joan Rivers is now on life support. River's went into cardiac arrest at a New York doctor's office while she underwent a "minor throat surgery" on Thursday. Melissa Rivers said in a statement Sunday that "we are keeping our fingers crossed." She's thanking people for expressing their support.

  • Seven Arrested in Kalispell Sex Sting

    Seven Arrested in Kalispell Sex Sting

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:10 PM EDT2014-08-22 19:10:39 GMT
    A four-day online sex sting ends with the arrest of seven Flathead men for sexual abuse of children, and more arrests are pending.
    A four-day online sex sting ends with the arrest of seven Flathead men for sexual abuse of children, and more arrests are pending.
  • Fatal Motorcycle Accident in Havre

    Fatal Motorcycle Accident in Havre

    A fatal motorcycle accident early Sunday morning in Hill County has left one man dead.
    A fatal motorcycle accident early Sunday morning in Hill County has left one man dead.
  • Clark Fork River Murder Suspect In Custody In Louisiana

    Clark Fork River Murder Suspect In Custody In Louisiana

    Monday, September 1 2014 8:18 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:18:50 GMT
    The suspect in the murder of a Missoula transient, whose body was found in the Clark Fork River, was arrested after a 30-hour manhunt.
    The suspect in the murder of a Missoula transient, whose body was found in the Clark Fork River, was arrested after a 30-hour manhunt.
Powered by WorldNow

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.