Lander – On the morning of October 2, a hunter was attacked by a grizzly bear while attempting to recover an elk harvest in the Warms Springs Drainage northwest of Dubois, Wyoming on the Shoshone National Forest.
Upon notification of the incident, Predator Attack Team personnel from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department responded immediately to the scene to assist the victim, call for help and investigate the situation. The initial investigation indicates an encounter with a female grizzly bear and two offspring that were feeding off the elk carcass. The victim is currently under medical care and is fully cooperating with the investigation despite the severity of the injuries sustained during the attack.
The incident occurred in heavy timber, and evidence collected from the victim and the area is currently being evaluated to gain more knowledge about the situation. There were no shots fired during the attack.
“This is a terribly unfortunate incident and our primary concern is for the victim’s well-being and ongoing recovery from a life-changing event. Game and Fish continues to stress the importance of being bear aware and taking the necessary precautions when hunting or recreating in grizzly bear country,” said Dan Thompson, large carnivore section supervisor.
Game and Fish will provide updates as they become available.
For more information, contact Large Carnivore Section Supervisor Dan Thompson or Lander Region Wildlife Supervisor Jason Hunter at the Lander Regional Office, (307)-332-2688.