More Details on Bear Attack in Yellowstone
Written by Andrew-Rossi on August 27, 2018
Yellowstone officials have determined that it was an adult female grizzly that injured a ten-year-old boy last Thursday.
Law enforcement and bear management staff investigated the incident and determined that the female was with at least one cub or yearling bear when she charged and attacked the boy, who was hiking with his family on a trail near Old Faithful.
Officials say the bears were likely foraging next to the trail when the encounter occurred. However, Yellowstone National Park Deputy Superintendent Pat Kenney says that rangers do not intend to search for the bear since this incident was a surprise encounter with a female grizzly bear defending its cub.
Kenney applauded the family, who was following all the right procedures for hiking in Yellowstone, such as traveling in a group, carrying bear spray, and knowing how to effectively use it during their emergency. Because of this, Kenney says that the boy’s injuries were far less serious than they could have been.
The Divide and Spring Creek trails remain temporarily closed, but will reopen after the trails have been inspected for recent bear activity.