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Wyoming hunter attacked by grizzly bear

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Posted at 4:56 PM, Oct 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-05 18:56:32-04

CODY, Wyo. - A hunter was injured by a grizzly bear west of Cody.

According to the Wyoming Fish and Game Department, the incident happened Saturday morning. The hunter rode out to the trailhead and was flown by helicopter to an area hospital where he received treatment for what was initially reported as non-life threatening injuries.

The Game and Fish Department responded to the scene and an initial investigation indicated the hunter was attacked after a sudden encounter at close range with an adult female grizzly bear with two cubs.

The female grizzly was killed by the hunter and his hunting partner. Wyoming wildlife officials, in coordination with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, euthanized the two cubs.

The Park County Sheriff's Office released this information on the incident:

North Fork Grizzly Attack Rescue

On Saturday October 2, 2021 at 7:38 A.M. the Park County Sheriff’s Office Communications Division received an emergency 911 call from an injured hunter. The 45 year-old-male advised dispatch that he had been mauled by a grizzly, had sustained injury, and needed assistance. He was approximately five miles from the highway.

Park County Search and Rescue (PCSAR), Guardian Helicopter 3 out of Riverton, and a Cody Regional Health Ambulance were all immediately paged to respond. Meanwhile the injured hunter had made the decision to begin riding out of the wilderness, with the rest of his hunting party, to meet emergency responders. The PCSAR ground team contacted the injured hunter at 9:34 A.M. on the north side of the Shoshone River. At 10:02 A.M. the hunter and ground team arrived at the staging area and he was received and treated by EMS personnel. He was then transported by Guardian Helicopter to Billings for further care at 10:15 A.M. PCSAR Personnel cleared staging at 10:34 A.M. and returned to Cody.

The mauling is currently being investigated by Wyoming Game and Fish.