Posted: Aug 5, 2011 5:04 PM by KBZK Media Center
A St. Paul, Minnesota man was bitten by a grizzly bear while hiking in Glacier National Park, according to a news release from the park.
At around noon Friday, Aug. 5, the 50-year-old man was hiking from Many Glacier to Piegan Pass when he rounded a bend on the trail and encountered a sow grizzly with a sub-adult bear.
The grizzly bit the man in the left thigh and left forearm then grabbed his foot, shook him, released him and left the area. The man hiked to the Many Glacier Ranger Station where he was treated for his injuries then transported to the Blackfeet Community Hospital in Browning by the Babb Ambulance. He was released from the hospital this afternoon.
Initial reports indicated the hiker was making noise as he hiked. He was reportedly carrying bear spray but could not deploy it before the bear attacked.
The trail from Piegan Pass to Feather Plum Falls is closed at this time, and rangers are investigating the incident.
Glacier National Park reminds visitors that the park is home to black and grizzly bears. It advises hikers to carry bear spray and know how to use it. Hikers are also encouraged to hike in groups and make noise when hiking.