On Wednesday 6th July a hiker in Yellowstone National Park was killed by a grizzly bear after surprising the bear and her cubs along the popular Wapiti Lake trail.
The dead hiker was a man age 57 and his wife was injured in the incident. It was the first time since 1986 that a visitor to the park has been killed by a grizzly.
?It is extremely unfortunate that this couple?s trip into the Yellowstone backcountry has ended in tragedy,? said Dan Wenk, superintendent of Yellowstone National Park. ?Our heart goes out to the family and friends of the victim as they work to cope with their loss.?
Ranger patrols are underway to clear the area of all backcountry users. All trails and backcountry campsites in the area have been closed until further notice. The incident is under investigation.
According to the Park Service, the husband and wife couple had traveled about a mile and a half in on the trail Wednesday morning when they surprised the grizzly sow with cubs. In an apparent attempt to defend a perceived threat to her cubs, the bear attacked and fatally wounded the man. Another group of hikers nearby heard the victim?s wife crying out for help, and used a cell phone to call 911. Park rangers were summoned and quickly responded to the scene.