Authorities said a bear attacked and injured one in Yellowstone National Park on Friday morning and identified the first incident of a bear being injured inside the park this year. In April, a bear fatally attacked a man outside the park.
The 39-year-old man, who was injured Friday, was walking alone on a sidewalk near Mammoth Hot Springs when he believed he had two grizzly bears. A bear attacks the attacker and injures him.
The man suffered serious injuries to his lower extremities, but was able to walk alone. He was taken to Livingston Hospital in a park ambulance, Yellowstone officials said in a statement.
The trail to the split pond, where the hiker was injured, was closed until further notice. Park officials said workers are searching the area to make sure there are no other hikers on the trail.
The incident happened just a day later, when a video was shown showing a female grinning walk towards the bear, who later attacked her, in the town of Yellowstone. NPS has launched an investigation.
The park reports that there is an average of one bear attack in Yellowstone each year. The deadliest attacks on the park occurred in 2011 and 2015, where three people were killed by bears.
Park officials urged visitors to stay 100 yards away from bears at all times, carry bear spray, be careful, make noises when confronted with bears, and move in groups of three or more.
The latest green-related injury at Yellowstone occurred in June 2020, when a grizzly bear pushed a woman to the ground and scratched her thigh.
The man who died after the attack outside the park was a tour guide who fished alone. On April 15, he was attacked by a grizzly bear and died two days later.