Woman attacked by bear in Lincoln County Libby was working on grizzly project

Posted at 4:53 PM, May 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-05 14:56:04-04

The woman who was reportedly attacked Thursday by a bear near Libby is said to be a field assistant working on a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service grizzly bear project.

The incident was reported on Thursday at around 11:30 a.m. when a woman sustained serious injuries in what is described as a surprise defensive encounter with a bear.

She was taken via ambulance to an area along U.S. Highway 2 where an ALERT Air Ambulance arrived and took her to Kalispell Regional Medical Center.

The nature and extent of her injuries has not been released.

The incident happened in a remote section of the Cabinet Mountains south of Libby.

The type of bear involved in the conflict has not yet been determined; trace evidence collected at the scene is being analyzed.

The Wildlife Human Attack Response Team was dispatched to the area immediately upon notification, and their investigation is continuing.