Hiker injured by grizzly bear in Wyoming

Posted at 1:50 PM, Jun 28, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-28 15:54:27-04

A man was injured by a grizzly bear on Monday, June 26, 2022, while hiking the high country west of Meeteetse.

The Wyoming Game & Fish Department said in a news release that the Park County Sheriff's Office was notified that a man was injured by a bear while hiking Francs Peak.

The man was flown by helicopter to a Billings hospital where he is receiving treatment.

State and federal wildlife officials were continuing to investigate the attack on Tuesday.

"Based on the initial investigation, this appears to be a surprise encounter between the individual and a grizzly bear," the news release states. "The man, an experienced out-of-state recreationist, was hiking at high elevation when he encountered the bear at close range. The encounter happened too suddenly for him to deploy the bear spray he was carrying."

Wildlife officials said they have no management action plans for the bear at this time, but will monitor bear activity in the area "and will make management decisions in the best interest of public safety."

Authorities did not release the man's name or the severity of his injuries. We will update you if we get more information.