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Idaho Elk Hunter Attacked by Bear Near Yellowstone Park

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September 27, 2011

Idaho Elk Hunter Attacked by Bear Near Yellowstone Park

By Martin Leung

A 40-year-old man and his hunting partner were bowhunting elk near Yellowstone Park when they startled a bear that attacked them. One man suffered a broken arm and other non-life threatening injuries, unlike the Montana hunter, who was killed last week.

From this story on msnbc.com:
The bear charged at the hunter, who was nearer the animal than his partner. The partner used a bear spray canister, which shoots an aerosol mixture of hot pepper, as the animal retreated.

Idaho conservation officers said early indications suggested the bear was a grizzly but they were awaiting confirmation from DNA evidence gathered from the scene.

Wildlife officials decided not to capture the animal, based on the description of the attack provided by the hunters, both from Island Park, and an investigation of the scene.

"It's very clear from the incident that the bear was surprised and ran away. It did not intend to kill or consume the men," said Losinski, who is a member of a federal-state task force on grizzly bears.

Thousands of black bears roam Idaho but their out-sized, hump-shouldered grizzly cousins are fewer in number. There are about 600 grizzlies in the greater Yellowstone area, which spans parts of Wyoming, Idaho and Montana.

Grizzly attacks on humans are rare in the Northern Rockies, where the vast majority of conflicts between people and bears involve damage to property — from trash cans to livestock — by the bruins.

Even so, the number of deadly grizzly encounters in the region so far in 2011 is higher than the average of one every two years, government figures show."

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from OutdoorEnvy wrote 2 years 29 weeks ago

You have to be prepared for anything when you enter the woods. You take a risk when going out. If bears are in the area you hunt be ready to deal with a bear if it comes to that. Glad to hear the guy will okay and no one lost a life.

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from jakenbake wrote 2 years 29 weeks ago

Glad to see they came out relatively unharmed. I'm sure part of it was the bear was just surprised, so the spray chased him off. This is an example of why shooting at a bear isn't always the best deterrent. Don't get me wrong, sometimes a bear needs shot - but sometimes, both sides end up better off with a can of pepper spray.

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from jakenbake wrote 2 years 29 weeks ago

Glad to see they came out relatively unharmed. I'm sure part of it was the bear was just surprised, so the spray chased him off. This is an example of why shooting at a bear isn't always the best deterrent. Don't get me wrong, sometimes a bear needs shot - but sometimes, both sides end up better off with a can of pepper spray.

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from OutdoorEnvy wrote 2 years 29 weeks ago

You have to be prepared for anything when you enter the woods. You take a risk when going out. If bears are in the area you hunt be ready to deal with a bear if it comes to that. Glad to hear the guy will okay and no one lost a life.

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