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Entries in fatal grizzly attacks (5)


Rangers confirm grizzly killed, partly consumed hiker in Yellowstone

(YELLOWSTONE N.P.)- Yellowstone National Park authorities are confirming a hiker who's body was found near Lake Village on Friday was the victim of a grizzly bear attack. 

A ranger discovered the man's partially consumed and cached body off the Elephant Back Loop Trail. While investigators haven't determined the exact cause of death, they say the victim had what appeared to be defensive wounds on his forearms. Based on the tracks at the scene, rangers believe an adult sow grizzly and at least one cub were likely involved. 

The park hasn't released the name of the victim until his family is notified. But rangers say the man was a resident of Montana and a long-term seasonal employee of Medcor, the concessionaire that operates three urgent care clinics in the park. 

Biologists have set up bear traps in the area and say the sow will be euthanized if she is caught. The trail remains closed in the meantime. 


Man mauled by grizzly north of Bozeman

(BOZEMAN)- Gallatin County authorities say the 24-year old Pennsylvania was was cleaning a bear's enclosure when he was attacked and mauled to death north of Bozeman over the weekend.

The man, who's name wasn't immediately released, had been working at the Animals of Montana facility when he was mauled by "one or both" of the captive-bred bears.

Sheriff's deputies, Montana FWP and other emergency crews were called to the reserve off Nixon Peak Road, northeast of Bridger Bowl late Sunday morning. 

The death is being investigated by the Sheriff Coroner and Game Wardens


Bozeman group wants to rent out bear spray to prevent accidents

(BOZEMAN)- Worried about the number of human-bear encounters, and especially two fatal attacks in Yellowstone last summer, a Bozeman-based conservation group is goping to offer bear spray cans that people can rent.

Yellowstone National Park rangers say neither of the victims last summer were carrying bear spray when they were attacked by grizzlies.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports the Keystone Program, who advocates a balanced existence between people and predators, are setting up a program where hikers could rent bear spray from outlets in the communities outside the park entrances. 

Cans of bear spray can cost upwards of $50, and the program leaders think that may be a deterent that's keeping people, and especially one-time park visitors from carrying spray.

The program could be running by May. 

Found out more about Keystone Conservation here. 


YNP releases final report on second grizzly mauling of 2011

(YELLOWSTONE NAT'L PARK)- Yellowstone Park officials have released their final report into the second grizzly death in the park last summer, saying they have no way of clearly identifying the bear that killed a Michigan man. 

A couple of hikers found the body of 59-year old John Wallace in August, where he had been fatally mauled by the grizzly on the Mary Mountain Trail. 

KBZK TV reports the 195-page report includes details not previously released to the public, including autopsy results showing Wallace may have been attacked from behind and had wounds showing he tried to defend himself. Wallace was hiking alone, but its believed he died the day before he was found. The area is well-known as a feeding ground for grizzlies and the other report contains accounts from hikers seeing bears in the area during the time of the attack.

Park spokesman Al Nash says the report shows investigators can't determine what prompted the attack. He says authorities also can't specifically identify the attacking bear, or whether it was the sow with two cubs that attacked and killed another man a few weeks before. That bear was later euthanized. 

Nash says other bears were also in the area when Wallace was killed. 



Grizzly management group to discuss fatal bear attacks

YNP photo(MISSOULA)- This summer’s fatal bear maulings in Yellowstone will be one of the key topics for discussion when the federal committee that oversees grizzly management meets in Missoula.

The maulings this summer were the first time a bear has killed someone inside the park in a quarter century.

A 58-year old California man was killed in early July when he and his wife tried to run away from a sow grizzly on a trail in Canyon Village. A 59-year old Michigan man was killed in late August along the Mary Mountain Trail. The attacks, as well as numerous encounters between hunters and bears in Northwest Montana this fall, have renewed debate over the best way to educate people on how to react to grizzly encounters.

Next week grizzly bear recovery specialist Chris Servheen will be giving a summary on the two fatal attacks when the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee holds its winter meeting in Missoula. While the presentation is expected to focus on this summer’s fatal maulings, we’re not expecting to hear any discussion about the 2010 fatal mauling that happened outside the park. That case is under litigation by the woman who’s husband was killed when he stumbled on a bear that had been tranquilized by bear researchers. She’s filed a $5-million lawsuit against the federal government.

The IGBC will also be reviewing the latest grizzly bear recovery efforts, as well as the newest research on managing bears as “distinct population segments.” That DPS approach has been controversial with other species, such as wolves, because it focuses on managing wildlife on a smaller geographic basis, rather than over an entire region.