Wyoming Game and Fish Investigates Park County Bear Attack

Wyoming Game and Fish Investigates Park County Bear Attack

Written by on June 28, 2022

An out-of-town hiker is getting treated for injuries incurred during a grizzly attack on a trail near Meeteetse while Wyoming Game and Fish investigates the circumstances of the attack.

Monday afternoon, the Park County Sheriff’s Office notified by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department that a man was injured by a bear while hiking Francs Peak west of Meeteetse. The man was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Billings, Montana, where he is receiving treatment.

The investigation is ongoing, and Game and Fish personnel and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are gathering further details today. However, based on the initial investigation, this appears to be a surprise encounter between the individual and a grizzly bear.

The man, an experienced out-of-state recreationist, was hiking at high elevation when he encountered the bear at close range. Unfortunately, the encounter happened too suddenly for him to deploy the bear spray he was carrying.

Based on the information gathered during the initial investigation, Game and Fish plans no management action.

Wyoming Game and Fish will continue monitoring bear activity in the area and make management decisions in the best interest of public safety.

“We wish the individual a full and speedy recovery,” said Cody Regional Wildlife Supervisor Corey Class.

This is the first reported grizzly attack in 2022 in Park County and the State of Wyoming.

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