Bear kills hiker is the news coming out of Yellowstone Park. A spokesperson for the National Park Service issued a statement on Saturday that at least one grizzly bear is responsible for killing and eating part of a hiker in Yellowstone. The body of the hiker who was attacked by the bear was found on Friday.
“Based on partial tracks found at the scene, it appears that an adult female grizzly and at least one cub… were present and likely involved in the incident.”
The name of the hiker has not yet been released. Some information on the hiker that has been released includes; he was from Montana, he was an experienced hiker, and he worked for a company named Medcor. Medcor is a medical company that runs three health clinics in Yellowstone park.
The hiker was reported missing on Friday, August 7 by co-workers at Medcor. The hiker was supposed to work on Friday, but never showed up. Biologists in the area have set up multiple bear traps in order to find the female bear and her cub that killed the hiker. If the bear or bears that killed the hiker are found, they will be killed. A Yellowstone spokesperson commented on the sad situation.
“While the exact cause of death has not been determined, investigators have identified what appear to be defensive wounds on the victim’s forearms.”
Yellowstone National Park Superintendent, Dan Wenk, also released a statement on the bear and the hiker.
We may not be able to conclusively determine the circumstances of this bear attack, but we will not risk public safety. We are deeply saddened by this tragedy and our hearts go out to the family and friends of the victim as they work to cope with the loss of someone who loved Yellowstone so very much.”
What do you need to do in order to survive a bear attack? Experts say that playing dead is not the best option. Playing dead only works on a specific type of bear (brown bear) and only when they are attacking to defend themselves. Experts suggest that staying still, making as much noise as possible, and fighting with everything you’ve got are your best options when dealing with a bear attack. The hiker who died in Yellowstone is said to have defensive wounds on his forearms from the bear.
What would you do if you were a hiker and started to be attacked by a bear?
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