Man killed by grizzly at Yellowstone National Park
MATT VOLZ/Associated Press
July 7, 2011 at 2:07 a.m.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) - A Yellowstone National Park official says authorities won't try to capture a female grizzly bear that killed a backcountry hiker because it was trying to defend her cubs when she was surprised by the man.
Park spokesman Al Nash said Thursday the mauling of a 57-year-old man was a purely defensive act by the bear. He said Yellowstone typically does not try to capture or remove a bear in what he calls a wildlife incident.
Wednesday's attack occurred about 1-1/2 miles up a popular backcountry trail and was the first fatal grizzly attack inside the park in 25 years - but the third in the Yellowstone region in just over a year.