Contact Us

Hiker Killed By Mother Grizzly

Karen Snyder, K2 Radio

A hiker in Yellowstone National Park is dead after an encounter with a grizzly bear Wednesday morning. Park spokesman, Al Nash, says the incident occurred on the Wapiti Lake trail. A husband and wife were hiking about a mile and a half in when they apparently surprised a grizzly sow with cubs.

“We’re still trying to determine exactly what happened, but the male was fatally injured by the bear. Other hikers on the trail heard his wife’s cries for help. They were able to use there cellphone to call 911 and summon park rangers.”

The incident occurred in an area southeast of Canyon Village. Nash says investigators are still in the back country attempting to reconstruct what happened.

“It’s important for us, as we move forward, looking at what may occur with the bear and to look at  information that will help us determine when we can reopen the area. Our first focus is on the victims of this incident and then it was about that we protect the safety of park visitors. So we’ve closed some trails and some back country campsites. And we sent people into the back country to help move any users out of the area.”

The name and hometown of the victim are being withheld pending notification of family members.

At this time Nash says they encourage anyone with plans to visit the Canyon area to call the park during business hours to find out what areas remain closed.

This is the first bear-caused human fatality within Yellowstone since 1986.

 

More News from K2 Radio

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://k2radio.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on K2 Radio quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on K2 Radio quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!