Boy injured by a bear

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Law enforcement and bear management staff at Yellowstone National Park is investigating an incident where an adult female grizzly bear injured the 10-yearold boy from Washington.

Around 10 a.m. Aug, 23, a family of four from Washington encountered a bear a half mile up the Divide Trail, southeast of Old Faithful. The son ran away from the bear when it charged out of vegetation towards the family.   The bear chased the boy and knocked him to the ground.

The parents’ effectively deployed bear spray about five feet from the bear’s face. Thereafter, the bear shook its head and left the area.

After the incident, the family walked back to the trailhead, drove to the Old Faithful Ranger Station, and were directed to the nearby clinic.

The boy suffered an injured wrist, puncture wounds to the back and wounds around the buttocks. He was transferred to the Big Sky Medical Center.

Tracks observed by staff indicated the grizzly bear was with at least one cub-of-the-year or yearling bear and that the bears were likely foraging next to the trail when the encounter occurred.  

Park rangers do not intend to search for the bear since this incident was a surprise encounter with a female grizzly bear defending its cub.

“This incident could have been more serious. We applaud the family for traveling in a group, carrying bear spray, and knowing how to effectively use it during their emergency,” said Yellowstone National Park Deputy Superintendent Pat Kenney. “We wish their son a full recovery from his injuries.”

The Divide and Spring Creek trails were temporarily closed after the incident.  

All of Yellowstone National Park is bear habitat: from the deepest backcountry to the boardwalks around Old Faithful. Please prepare for bear encounters no matter where you go. Reduce your risk of a bear encounter by carrying bear spray. Be alert, make noise, hike in groups of three or more, do not run if you encounter a bear and stand your ground if charged by a bear. Learn more at go.nps.gov/yellbearsafety.

There has not been a reported bear attack in Yellowstone since 2015. On average, one bear attack per year occurs in the park.

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