Solo hiker injured by grizzly bear in Yellowstone

YELLOWSTONE — Yellowstone National Park released information that a solo hiker was injured by a bear this morning, May 28.

The male hiker, age 39, was hiking on the Beaver Ponds Trail at Mammoth Hot Springs. The incident occurred approximately 1.5 miles from the trailhead that originates from Old Gardiner Road. He was hiking alone when he encountered what he believed to be two grizzly bears. According to the park, one bear made contact with the hiker and he sustained significant injuries to his lower extremities but was able to hike out on his own.

The hiker was transported to Livingston Hospital by park ambulance.

Yellowstone has closed the Beaver Ponds Trail until further notice. Bear management staff are sweeping the trail to ensure no other hikers are on the trail.

This is the first incident of a bear injuring a person in Yellowstone in 2021. The last incident was in June 2020, when a female grizzly bear knocked a woman to the ground and scratched her thigh. She was hiking alone on the Fairy Falls Trail near Old Faithful.

The park is reminding visitors to:

  • Stay 100 yards away from bears at all times.
  • Carry bear spray and know how to use it.
  • Be alert. See the bear before you surprise it. Watch for fresh tracks, scat, and feeding sites (signs of digging, rolled rocks, torn-up logs or ripped open ant hills).
  • Make noise.
  • Hike in groups of three or more people.
  • Don’t hike at dawn, dusk, or at night, when grizzlies are most active.
  • Don’t run from a bear.

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Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.

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