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Friday
Aug162013

Two hurt during run-in with a bear in Yellowstone

(YELLOWSTONE NAT'L PARK)- Two people are nursing injuries after a run-in with a grizzly and her cub in Yellowstone National Park this week

YNP rangers say a group of four people were hiking on the Cygnet Lakes Trail outside Canyon Village when they encountered the young sow grizzly who appeared at very close range and charged the group. Two of the hikers immediately discharged their canisters of bear spray and the sow and cub left the area after an encounter which lasted about a minute.

Rangers say all four members of the group hiked out to the trailhead under their own power. One person was treated at the scene, while the second injured hiker was transported by ambulance to an area hospital with bite and claw wounds. 

Yellowstone bear biologists say the sow’s behavior is consistent with purely defensive actions taken after a surprise encounter with people. This was the first report of any bear-caused human injuries in Yellowstone this year.

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