An elk hunter had a run-in with a grizzly bear on Sheep Mountain
just west of Buffalo Bill Reservoir early Saturday night, but
officials say his injuries were very minor.
A Cody man surprised the bear at close range at around 4:50 p.m.,
said Brian DeBolt, Wyoming Game and Fish Department bear management
officer in Lander.
The grizzly charged from about 12 feet, took a swipe at him and
left, Debolt said.
“He (the victim) said it took just a few seconds, then it was
over,” said Mark Bruscino, Game and Fish bear management program
supervisor in Cody.
The man suffered a scalp injury, minor abrasions to his face, and
sore ribs, although none of his ribs were broken. A friend drove the
victim to West Park Hospital in Cody. He was treated and released
the same night, Bruscino said.
The bear was simply reacting to a perceived danger. Once that
threat was neutralized, the grizzly fled, DeBolt said.
The department does not believe this grizzly poses a hazard to
humans. “We have no intention at this point to trap the bear,”
DeBolt reminds hunters to hunt with a partner. Following an
animal’s harvest, pack it out as soon as possible.
He urged hunters to get bear spray as well. “Have it accessible
and know how to use it,” DeBolt said.
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