Hiker injured by bear in Beartooth Mountains

Posted at 3:56 PM, Sep 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-11 17:56:49-04

CODY, Wyo. – A man was injured by a bear Sunday afternoon while backpacking in the Beartooth Mountains near the Montana border, according to Wyoming authorities.

According to a Monday release from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, the victim, who is from out of state, was backpacking with a group of friends and hiked ahead of them. That’s when he said he came upon two bears at close range, too close to deploy bear spray.

Based on the initial investigation, his group alerted authorities at the Park County Sheriff’s Office, and Wyoming’s Game and Fish Department responded. The man was flown by helicopter to an area hospital where he was receiving treatment.

There is no word on the extent of the man’s injuries.

The investigation is ongoing, and Game and Fish personnel are at the scene gathering further details Monday.

Story by Zoe Zandora, MTN News