Another Bear Attack on Elk Hunter
Yet another hunter has been attacked by a grizzly bear. Timothy Hix of Jackson, Wyoming was elk hunting on Sunday in Grand Teton National Park. He was headed south over Glacier Overlook and surprised what he believes to be a grizzly bear. The grizzly bear was about 10 yards away. Hix did not have his pepper spray ready, so he dropped to the ground and covered his head. The bear bit him a couple of times, and may have swiped at him.
Hix was able to call for help. It took responders 45 minutes to reach him, and treat him in the field then get him to a hospital. He was in good condition today, with a possibility of going home later today.
Everything he did was correct in dealing with a bear. The bear was surprised and attacked, it is a lone incident. Hix had not killed an elk, just had the misfortune of taking a bear by surprise. Tips for safety:
* Hunt with a partner.
* Carry bear spray (required).
* Avoid “dark” timber during mid-day when bears may be using a day-bed.
* Have a predetermined plan of action for retrieving harvested game from the field.
* Be extra cautious after making a kill and when hunting in areas where animals have recently been harvested.
* Avoid hunting in areas where fresh bear sign is repeatedly observed.
* Avoid gut piles.