Hiker Mauled by Grizzly Bear in Glacier National Park

Posted Aug 6th 2011 12:20 PMUpdated Aug 8th 2011 08:43 AM


Hiker Mauled by Grizzly Bear in Glacier National Park

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A 50-year-old hiker was mauled by a grizzly bear at Glacier National Park Friday, but was able to get himself to help, reports the Associated Press.

According to a park spokesperson, the man was hiking alone from Many Glacier to Piegan Pass when he came across a female bear with her cub. The female attacked, biting him on the arm, leg and foot before shaking him.

The unnamed man was able to walk until he found a park ranger who called for help. The man was hospitalized and his condition is unknown.

This incident is the latest in a series of recent accidents at national parks. Last week, a German tourist died after he was struck by lightning at the Grand Canyon. And, a woman died at Yosemite National Park after falling from Half Dome.

In July, three hikers were presumed to be dead after falling over Yosemite's Vernal falls. In June, two hikers died after they were swept off a bridge into a reservoir at Yosemite.

Speaking of bears, though: A British student was killed and four others injured recently after being attacked by a polar bear in Norway.

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It has become legal to carry firearms in National Parks. I don't know the specifics, but it came out of that DC gun control case, I believe.

August 09 2011 at 10:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Have a cattle prod. has a defense weapon ...when you are out there..

August 08 2011 at 9:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ya, my friend Brian took a wrong turn and went that way- rather than Siyeh Pass and met the ranger. The ranger was in the process of closing that trail. Atleast he was not alone and they talked alot etc. They even gave him a free boat ride back to Many Glacier, as I was glasading through the snow fields of upper Siyeh with 2 others,( in-between the parts of the trail I found to follow) down or should we say running with one arm outstretched to stay faster than the sliding factor! I asked everyone if they had seen him and since one couple didn't that left after we did, I figured he'd gone on the wrong trail. I was right and just hoped he wasn't alone. That turned out good too as the rangers can carry firearms! OH THANK YOU GLACIER PARK RANGERS AND PARK SERVICE, YOU ARE TRULY AWESOME PEOPLE.
The Park Service was fantastic, they had a note on my car to pick Brian up at Many Glacier and so I drove to Babb and Many Glacier to get him. The park service folks were wonderful. THANK YOU PARK SERVICE!

August 07 2011 at 3:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What was anyone doing hiking alone and unarmed there.

August 06 2011 at 10:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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