Person attacked by grizzly bear in West Yellowstone
WEST YELLOWSTONE — A person is recovering at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center after being attacked by a grizzly bear Thursday afternoon.
Emergency crews were called to an area near Bakers Hole Campground around 3:45 p.m., according to a Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office news release. They searched for 50 minutes before finding the injured person, who had significant scalp and facial injuries.
Gallatin County Sheriff Search & Rescue were called to respond on snowmobile with a rescue toboggan. The victim was loaded onto the toboggan and taken to a nearby ambulance. Hebgen Basin Fire Department EMS crews then drove the patient to EIRMC.
“Now is the time to remember to be conscientious in the backcountry as the bears are coming out of hibernation and looking for food sources,” the news release says.
Additional information about the victim has not been released but the US Forest Service and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks are investigating the incident.