Man mauled by grizzly bear in Wyoming being treated in Billings

Grizzly Bear
Posted at 1:26 PM, Jun 30, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-30 15:26:13-04

A man injured by a grizzly bear while hiking in Wyomingis being treated for his injuries in a Billings hospital.

The Park County, Wyoming, Sheriff's Office said Wednesday that the 68-year-old man from Buffalo, New York, was on a multi-day backpacking trip when he was attacked west of Meeteetse in the Franc's Peak area.

Rescuers were able to find the man only because a personal locator beacon sent out a distress signal, according to the Sheriff's Office.

An air rescue crew initially thought the signal was a downed aircraft. Park County Search and Rescue helicopters were then sent to the remote, high-altitude location after searchers realized it was a beacon, according to the sheriff's office.

The man was "severely mauled" and flown to a hospital in Billings, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Authorities have not released the man's name or the severity of his injuries.