Woman attacked by bear near Libby was working on grizzly project

Posted at 3:34 PM, May 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-18 17:34:54-04

LIBBY – The woman attacked Thursday by a bear near Libby is said to be a field assistant working on a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service grizzly bear project.

The incident was reported yesterday morning around 11:30 a.m. when a woman sustained serious injuries in a surprise defensive encounter with a bear.

She was transported via ambulance to an area along U.S. Highway 2 where ALERT Air Ambulance arrived and transported her to Kalispell Regional Medical Center. Her current condition is unknown.

The incident happened in a remote section of the Cabinet Mountains south of Libby.

The type of bear involved in the conflict remains unknown, but trace evidence collected at the scene was submitted for analysis.

The Wildlife Human Attack Response Team was dispatched to the area immediately upon notification, and their investigation is ongoing.