Man Survives Attack By 2 Grizzly Bears At National Park

By Bill Galluccio

May 21, 2024

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A 35-year-old man from Massachussettes managed to survive after he was attacked by a pair of grizzly bears in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. 

The man was hiking along Signal Mountain on Sunday (May 19) when he had a surprise encounter with bears. One of the bears swiped him its claw, causing serious injuries. The man was able to call for help, and park rangers found him severely injured. 

He was airlifted off the mountain to an ambulance and then rushed to the hospital for treatment. He is in stable condition and is expected to fully recover.

Park officials said that Signal Mountain Summit Road and Signal Mountain Trail remain closed to visitors following the attack.

Authorities did not provide details about the man's injuries or how he encountered the two grizzly bears.

Last month, park officials warned visitors to be cautious of the grizzly bears as they emerge from hibernation. 

"Adult male grizzly bears typically emerge from hibernation in March, while females with young typically appear between April and early May. When bears emerge from their dens, they search for available foods and often scavenge animals that died during the winter," officials said in a news release.

They advised hikers and campers to secure their food and other items that may attract bears, such as coolers, cooking gear, and pet dishes.

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