Woman attacked by bear in Lincoln County was working on grizzly project

Posted at 3:43 PM, May 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-18 17:43:28-04

The woman who was reportedly attacked Thursday by a bear near Libby is said to be a field assistant working on a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service grizzly bear project.

The incident happened in a remote section of the Cabinet Mountains south of Libby.and was reported on Thursday at around 11:30 a.m. 

The woman sustained serious injuries in what is described as a surprise defensive encounter with a bear. Her current medical condition has not been disclosed.

She was taken via ambulance to an area along U.S. Highway 2 where an ALERT Air Ambulance arrived and took her to Kalispell Regional Medical Center.

The type of bear involved in the conflict has not yet been determined; trace evidence collected at the scene is being analyzed.

The Wildlife Human Attack Response Team was dispatched to the area immediately upon notification, and their investigation is continuing.