To be honest, he's extremely lucky that the damage wasn't as extensive as it was because we know grizzly bears aren't too friendly.

Yellowstone National Park has a press release on the hiker who was injured by a grizzly bear on the Beaver Ponds Trail. This morning, a male in his late 30s was injured by a grizzly bear about 1.5 miles into the Beaver Ponds Trail hike. The hiker encountered two grizzly bears and made contact with one and sustained significant injuries to his lower extremities. Luckily, the hiker was able to hike out on his own.

The hiker was then transported to the Livingston Hospital and Yellowstone National Park has announced that the Beaver Ponds Trail has been closed until further notice. Bear management staff is sweeping the area for the bears and to make sure the trail is safe for other hikers.

Photo by Janko Ferlic via Unsplash
Photo by Janko Ferlic via Unsplash

Yellowstone National Park wants to remind folks to stay at least 100 yards away from wildlife like bears when in the park and to carry bear spray. Also, just be aware of your surroundings and look out for signs of bear activity. Look for paw prints, scat and feeding sites. Biggest thing is don't try to out run the bear.

This hiker is extremely lucky to be able to hike out on his own power and we wish him a speedy recovery. This is a friendly reminder that Yellowstone National Park is filled with wildlife and even though we want to enjoy the park, visitors need to be aware of their surroundings.

For more details, check out Yellowstone National Park.

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