Bear attacks hiker at Yellowstone National Park, causes significant injuries

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A bear (not pictured) attacked a hiker at Yellowstone National Park on May 28, marking the first such incident in almost a year. (Getty Images)

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(NEXSTAR) – A hiker at Yellowstone National Park was attacked by a bear on Friday morning, marking the first incident of a bear inflicting injury on a visitor since June 2020.

The man, 39, had been hiking alone along the Beaver Ponds Trail at Mammoth Hot Springs when he encountered what he thought were two grizzlies, Yellowstone officials said in a news release. One of the bears attacked the hiker, causing significant injuries to the man’s lower extremities.

The hiker was able to get himself out of the area. An ambulance transported him to a hospital in Livingston, Montana.

Yellowstone officials closed the Beaver Ponds Trail following the incident. Staffers also swept the trail to collect any hikers that remained in the area.

Friday’s incident marked the first bear attack at Yellowstone since June 22, 2020, when a solo hiker was knocked down and scratched by a grizzly bear on a trail near Old Faithful. At the time, Yellowstone warned visitors to “always hike in groups of three or more.”

The National Park Service (NPS) and Yellowstone also recommend visitors review the best practices for camping and hiking in bear habitat (which encompasses all of Yellowstone), and to learn what to do in case of a bear encounter.

This latest bear attack at Yellowstone also comes as NPS investigators seek to identify a woman who was filmed approaching a female grizzly bear and her cubs earlier this month.

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