Yellowstone Hike Ends in Tragedy
A man and his wife were hiking along Wapiti Lake Trail on Wednesday morning. They had walked about a mile and a half on the trail when they surprised a mother grizzly with two cubs. The mother grizzly attacked in defensive mode, fatally injuring the male hiker. The wife started yelling for help, and nearby hikers dialed 911 for assistance. Park Rangers responded quickly to the scene.
"It is extremely unfortunate that this couple’s trip into the Yellowstone back country has ended in tragedy," said Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk. "Our heart goes out to the family and friends of the victim as they work to cope with their loss."
Yellowstone has not had a fatal bear attack since 1986 and in 2010 no visitors to the park were injured by bears. In response to this attack all backcountry camping is closed and the backcountry trails have been closed until further notice. Rangers are working to get the current backcountry users out of the area. Bear warning signs have been posted at the Wapiti Lake trail head, this leads into the Pelican Valley which has significant bear activity. No bears have been reported in this area recently, nor any animal carcasses. An investigation is in process, the victim's identity has not been released. From Yellowstone Insider.