Hiker Killed by Grizzly Bear in Yellowstone National Park

07/07/2011 // WPB, FL, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

Yellowstone National Park, WY — A man was mauled by a grizzly while hiking with his wife in Yellowstone National Park’s backcountry on Wednesday, July 6, 2011. The hikers were near the Canyon Village when the female bear attacked the man after surprising the bear and its cubs, marking the first fatal grizzly attack in Yellowstone in 25 years, reported the WCF Courier.

According to park officials, the bear attacked the hikers because its was defending itself against a perceived threat. The hikers actually spotted the bear twice on their hiking trip; the first time they continued hiking and the second time, the grizzly charged them.

The 57-year-old man told his wife to run, and did not witness her husband being attacked. She called 911 on her cell phone, while other hikers responded to her cried for help.

The woman said the bear did go after her, and when it did, she dropped to the ground. The grizzly then lifted her off the ground by her day pack that she was wearing at the time, before dropping her back on the ground.

She suffered scrapes and bruises and did not receive medical treatment following the grizzly attack.

This marks the park’s first fatal grizzly mauling since 1986. But this is the third attack in the Yellowstone area in just over a year.

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