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ID: Hunter attacked by Grizzly bear

Island Park

Idaho Falls Man Attacked by a Mother Grizzly Bear While Hunting in Island Park

A mother grizzly bear attacked a local man early Sunday morning.

It happened in Fremont County near the Lyle Springs area of Island Park.

Authorities say Keith Klinger of Idaho Falls was bit after the dogs he was hunting with smelled the bears. With two cubs by her side, the mother grizzly bear was able to take Klinger down and bite his right arm.

The man's brother came to Klinger's aid by firing a shot at the bear. The bear let go of the victim's arm and the hunters were able to escape.

After an investigation, officials were not able to determine if the bear was actually shot. The Fremont County Sheriff's Office encourages everyone to be alert when traveling in this area.

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