cody, wyoming State wildlife officials said Monday that a grizzly bear attacked and injured two people who apparently took Bruin by surprise during a reconstruction in Shoshone National Forest in northwestern Wyoming.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department said the encounter took place on Saturday while the men were searching for deer left behind by deer and elk in the wilderness of Yellowstone National Park.
The two are sophomores and members of the Northwest College wrestling team in Powell, Wyoming, reports CBS Billings, Montana affiliate KTVQ-TV. They were accompanied by two other comrades, but they parted ways when the attack took place, the station says.
According to KTVQ, Kendall Cummings of Evanston, Wyoming and Brady Lowry of Utah are among the injured.
The station says that Grizzly attacked Lori first. Cummings jumped onto Bear’s back to try to free Lowry, but this caused Bear to attack Cummings.
KTVQ quoted head wrestling coach Jim Ziggler as saying Monday: “It was terrifying. The boys showed courage that people can’t even imagine.” “They love each other and we communicate constantly through group text and one thing I always say to them is, you know, thank you for loving each other, and it paid off. [off], ,
The men were able to call 911 from near the scene and other entertainers in the area were able to drive them to the trailhead, where they were met by search and rescue teams. Cummings was taken to hospital by helicopter, while Lori was taken by ambulance, KTVQ reports.
State officials declined to release information about their conditions on Monday.
Dan Smith, a regional wildlife supervisor, said in a statement that reports from poachers and landowners in the area where the attack occurred indicate that between six and 10 bears may roam between agricultural areas and low-elevation slopes.
Smith said on Monday that the agency does not plan to take any management action against the grizzly bear, such as relocating or euthanizing it, because the attack was caused by the bear’s surprise and because wildlife managers would not recognize that they were involved. Which of the area’s bears were involved.
Grizzly bears are protected under the Endangered Species Act.
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