WY Hunter mutilated by Mother Grizzly, rescued by hunting partners
An unnamed elk hunter was seriously injured Oct. 2 by a grizzly bear attacking with cubs, according to Wyoming Game and Fish. The grizzly sow was shot by the hunter’s companions in the attack, possibly saving the man’s life. The incident took place northeast of Cody.
The hunter was charged with a she-bear sow after accidentally approaching close to her cubs, state officials said. The injured man was airlifted to a hospital.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department, in coordination with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, then euthanized the two cubs, which they said could not survive the winter on their own.
Well known and former outdoor enthusiast Outdoor living Hunting editor Jim Zumbo lives near the site of the attack and traveled to the area where he saw several Wyoming hunting and fishing trucks and horse trailers parked near the Shoshone River .
“Two men were standing next to their horses and I learned that they were part of the group of three men involved in the attack,” Zumbo said on his Facebook page. “I spoke to them briefly. I learned a miniature sketch of the event.
The hunters told Zumbo that a grizzly bear charged out of the woods and mutilated one of the men.
“While the bear was over the man, the other two hunters were able to shoot and kill the bear,” Zumbo wrote. “The victim had his thumb torn off. All agreed that if the hunter had been alone it might have been a much different ending.
“When I spoke to them, two hours after the incident, they were in a state of shock,” Zumbo said. Outdoor living.
Cody Regional Wildlife Supervisor Dan Smith for Wyoming Game and Fish said in a press release, “The safety of outdoor enthusiasts is always at the forefront of our concerns. Our hearts are with the person who was injured and we wish them a speedy and full recovery. “
In a press release from the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Wyoming Game and Fish Dept., it was explained that their investigation is continuing and it is possible that the mutilated hunter fired one of the shots that resulted in slaughtered the sow.
Grizzly bears in the lower 48 states are protected by federal endangered species law, and it is illegal to injure, harass, or kill them except in self-defense or defense of another person.
According to a recent Field & Flow article, 2021 has been a bad year for bear attacks in Lower 48, and the season where we are seeing more attacks is just beginning. The frequency of attacks is likely due to an increase in the grizzly bear population below 48 as well as more people recreating and living in grizzly bear country.
“Some people don’t even realize that there may be grizzly bears around,” said Hilary Cooley, grizzly bear recovery coordinator for the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). F&S. “We have more people moving west. We have more people recreating themselves in grizzly bear territory. There are a record number of visits to the National Park Service and Forest Service areas. Every biologist I talk to tells me “there are people camping everywhere”. And many people come from elsewhere and don’t know that their gas grill or cooler that they leave on the camping picnic table will be a potential bear attraction. Most of these conflicts are preventable.