The Montana man is violently attacked by a bear near Yellowstone National Park

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Montana man is violently attacked by bear near Yellowstone National Park, leaving him with ‘significant scalp and face wounds’

  • The violent encounter took place Thursday afternoon in a woodland area near Bakers Hole Campground in the Custer Gallatin National Forest
  • The victim, a resident of West Yellowstone, was able to call the emergency center at approximately 3:45 PM after the mauling.
  • He was located after a search outside the path of about 50 minutes and taken to an ambulance by sled and snowmobile
  • The victim was transported by the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls
  • Investigators were unable to interview the victim because of injuries with significant scalp and facial wounds
  • First responders saw the bear and described it as a grizzly bear, but that has not been confirmed

A bear mauled a Montana man who seriously injured him near a campground just west of Yellowstone National Park.

The violent encounter took place Thursday afternoon in a woodland area near Bakers Hole Campground in the Custer Gallatin National Forest, three miles north of West Yellowstone, Montana. The campground along the Madison River was closed for the season at the time.

The victim, a resident of West Yellowstone, was able to call the emergency center at approximately 3:45 PM after the mauling.

He was located after an off-trail search of about 50 minutes and was taken to an ambulance by sled and snowmobile before being transported to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, according to the sheriff’s office.

The violent encounter with the bear took place Thursday afternoon in a woodland area near Bakers Hole Campground in the Custer Gallatin National Forest

The violent encounter with the bear took place Thursday afternoon in a woodland area near Bakers Hole Campground in the Custer Gallatin National Forest

According to Morgan Jacobsen of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, investigators were unable to interview the victim due to injuries including significant scalp and facial wounds.

First responders saw the bear and described it as a grizzly bear, but that has not been confirmed, Jacobsen said. Black bears also live in the Yellowstone region, but are generally not considered as aggressive as grizzly bears.

Emergency closures were imposed on parts of the state forest around the site of the mauling until investigators decide the area is safe to reopen.

Grizzly bears are slowly expanding the turf they roam in parts of the northern Rocky Mountains, but need ongoing protection, according to government scientists who concluded that no other part of the country would be suitable for reintroducing the terrifying predators.

Emergency closures were imposed on areas of state forest around the site of the mauling until investigators decide the area is safe to reopen

Emergency closures were imposed on areas of state forest around the site of the mauling until investigators decide the area is safe to reopen

The Fish and Wildlife Service released its first assessment in nearly a decade on grizzly bear status in the contiguous US in March. The browns are protected from hunting as an endangered species, except in Alaska.

The grizzly population has grown over the past 10 years in two areas – the Yellowstone region of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, with more than 700 bears; and around Glacier National Park in Montana, home to more than 1,000 animals.

Grizzly numbers remain low in other parts of the Northern Rockies, and scientists said their focus is on strengthening those populations rather than reintroducing them elsewhere in the country.

Grizzly bears are slowly expanding the turf they roam in parts of the northern Rocky Mountains, but need ongoing protection

Grizzly bears are slowly expanding the turf they roam in parts of the northern Rocky Mountains, but need ongoing protection

The bears now occupy about 6 percent of their historic range in the contiguous US, up from 2 percent in 1975.

Conservationists and some university scientists have pushed to return bears to areas such as the San Juan Mountains in Colorado and the Sierra Nevada in California.

An estimated 50,000 grizzlies once lived in western North America, from the Pacific to the Great Plains. At the beginning of the 20th century, hunting, commercial trapping and habitat loss were the most wiped out. The bears were last seen in California in the 1920s, and the last known grizzly in Colorado was killed by a moose hunter in 1979.

Grizzly bears have been protected as an endangered species in the contiguous US since 1975, allowing for a slow recovery in a handful of areas. It is estimated that 1,900 live in the northern Rockies of Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Washington state.

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