Only Minor Injuries in Bear Attack | Big Horn Basin Media

Grizzly Encounter Results in Minor Injuries

Written by on May 12, 2017

A surprise encounter with a grizzly bear resulted only in minor injuries for a man out hunting antlers north of Cody Tuesday.

Luke Ellsbury, large carnivore biologist for the Game and Fish Department, says that the incident happened in the Bald Ridge area about 15-20 miles north of Cody.

The man wasn’t seriously injured, according to Ellsbury. He said the man was an experienced outdoorsman and had been paying attention for bear sign, but was still taken by surprise.

He said that they are seeing more front-country bears recently, so anyone recreating in the area should use caution in areas where bear might be present. Tara Hodges, Information and Education Specialist with the Game and Fish, says there are things people can do to prevent surprise encounters, such as hiking in at least a pair, and making noises to alert bears of your presence. However, unexpected contact with bears can still occur.

Hodges says mental readiness and being vigilant are essential while hiking or recreating in bear country.

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