Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks staff shot and killed a grizzly bear on Friday, while investigating the scene of a fatal bear attack that occurred on Thursday near Yellowstone National Park, officials said.
The release said Mock had bear spray with him, but it is unknown whether he was able to use it during the attack. Mock was transported with severe injuries to Idaho Falls, where he remained in serious condition Friday.
In order to continue the investigation and assess public safety risks, the site was revisited Friday by a group of seven investigators, including FWP game wardens and bear specialists, as well as Forest Service personnel, the release said.
To frighten away any bears in the area, the group yelled and made continuous noise while walking toward the site. However, a bear began charging the group before they reached the site, and was undeterred despite multiple attempts by all seven people to haze it away.
Since the bear continued to charge, and due to the immediate safety risk, it “was shot and died about 20 yards from the group,” the statement explained. The bear was described as “an older-age male grizzly.”
According to the release, a moose carcass was later found by investigators within 50 yards of Thursday’s attack, which indicates the bear was likely “defending a food source during the attack.”
The Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks Department says the activities which put people at greater risk for surprising a bear are those that are intentionally quiet or fast moving, “such as hunting, mountain biking or trail running.”
However, FWP says that whether you’re a recreationist, resident or someone who works outdoors, you can be prepared for a surprise bear encounter. When you’re outside, keep precautions in mind.
More information on bear safety can be be found at Bear Safety.
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