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Woman injured by a bear along Middle Fork Flathead River

Black Bear - undated photo from National Park Service
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Posted at 5:11 PM, Jun 07, 2023
and last updated 2023-06-08 12:48:10-04

KALISPELL — State wildlife officials say a woman was hurt after an encounter with a black bear along the Middle Fork Flathead River near Nyack on Wednesday, June 7, 2023.

Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (FWP) said that at around 6 a.m., a commercial raft company was on a guided overnight trip with two guides and three clients when a bear entered camp.

The victim - one of the guides - reported she was sleeping outside on the ground when she sustained injuries from what is believed to be a black bear.

Bear spray was used, but according to a news release, the bear returned several times to camp.

The victim was treated for her injuries at Logan Health in Whitefish. The nature of her injuries has not been disclosed.

FWP bear conflict specialists are investigating with interagency cooperation from the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service.


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