Hiker Injured by Grizzly Bear at Glacier National Park
A hiker was injured by a grizzly bear in the Many Glacier area at Glacier National Park on Friday, but was able to walk out under his own power to seek help.
According to information from the park, the 50-year male hiker from St. Paul, Minnesota, was hiking alone on the trail from Many Glacier to Piegan Pass when he encountered a sow grizzly with one sub-adult at about 12 noon on Friday.
The hiker was reported to be carrying bear spray, but was unable to deploy it before the bear attacked. The man sustained bites to his left thigh and left forearm before the bear grabbed his foot, shook him, released him and left the area.
The man hiked back toward Many Glacier, encountering a naturalist ranger leading a hike. The ranger notified dispatch while the victim continued to the Many Glacier Ranger Station where he was treated for his injuries. He was then transported to the Blackfeet Community Hospital in Browning by the Babb Ambulance.
Initial reports indicated the hiker was making noise as he hiked.
The trail from Piegan Pass to Feather Plum Falls is closed at this time, and rangers are investigating the incident.
A park spokesperson reminded "All visitors to Glacier National Park that the park is home to black and grizzly bears. Hikers are advised to carry bear spray, and know how to use it. Hikers are also encouraged to hike in groups and make noise when hiking."