(BIG SKY) – Bear specialists with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks have concluded a field investigation into a grizzly bear encounter that injured a man south of Big Sky last week in the Yellow Mule area of the Madison Range. The victim suffered serious injuries from the bear and was flown to a hospital.
The Custer Gallatin National Forest implemented an emergency area closure for public safety following the incident and ensured that recreationists there were able to leave safely. FWP grizzly bear specialists and game wardens revisited the attack site where they found signs of high bear activity, including the remains of a cached animal carcass, whitebark pine middens and bear scat. This evidence indicates the bear attacked defensively in a surprise, close encounter with the victim.
No further actions are being taken at this time.