Digital News Report – A grizzly bear attacked and killed a man visiting Yellowstone National Park on July 6, 2011. The event occurred during the morning on Wapiti Lake trail, which south of Canyon Village.
The man was with his wife and was about one and a half miles on the Wapiti Lake trail where the attack took place. The couple came across a grizzly bear mother with her baby cubs. They mother bear attacked the man, which he was killed from the wounds.
The wife’s screams for help was heard by nearby hikers and they called 911 with their mobile phone. The Yellowstone Park Rangers arrived to the scene after being notified of the event.
The name of the victim and further information about them has not been released. They are waiting to notify family members before releasing the information.
Yellowstone National Park officials say that bear attacks are not common. In 2010, there were no people that had been injured by bears. The last time a bear killed a human in Yellowstone National Park was in 1986.
Out of safety concerns, the park officials are reminding visitors to stay on the trails and to hike in groups of three or more people. The use of bear pepper spray has been helpful at halting hostile actions from bears.
By: Greg Cook