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Woman Attacked by Bear Near Yellowstone River

Ryan Sparks

A woman who was attacked by bear near Yellowstone River has been treated for non-life threatening injuries

A woman walking her dog along the Yellowstone River south of Emigrant, Montana was attacked by a bear on October 12th, 2015. She was taken by ambulance to the hospital in Livingston for non-life threatening injuries.

The woman reported that she encountered the bear while walking out onto a gravel bar that is normally an island during higher flows on the northeast portion of the Point of Rocks Fishing Access Site.

While walking through an area with thick brush and trees, she was surprised by the bear, which allegedly bit her briefly in the head before being chased away by her dog. The nature and severity of her injuries has not been disclosed.

Authorities do not yet know if it was a black bear or a grizzly bear. The Park County Sheriff’s Office initially responded to the incident and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) is now investigating. The northeast portion of the Point of Rocks Fishing Access Site has been closed by FWP, with signs alerting users to the closure at multiple access points.

In the Billings Gazette, Andrea Jones, FWP information officer, said “Sometimes when you go to a river it does not occur to you that a bear might be present, so just be aware and carry bear spray or make a lot of noise in those areas. And try not to run if you encounter a bear.”


Photo by Ian Sheldon

She continued by saying, “We’ve got a couple more weeks before bears start heading uphill,” referring to the bear’s behavior prior to hibernation.

Bears will seek food at lower elevations in the fall in preparation for hibernating in the winter. Biologists believe that more bears than usual are roaming lower elevations because food (as well as water) are in short supply at high elevations.

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Woman Attacked by Bear Near Yellowstone River