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Hiker injured by bears in Beartooth Mountains in Wyoming

Posted at 5:51 PM, Sep 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-10 20:37:09-04

CODY, Wyo.- A man was injured by a bear Sunday afternoon while backpacking in the Beartooth Mountains near the Montana border, according to Wyoming authorities.

According to a Monday release from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, the victim, who is from out of state, was backpacking with a group of friends and hiked ahead of them. That’s when he said he came upon two bears at close range, too close to deploy bear spray.

Based on the initial investigation, his group alerted authorities at the Park County Sheriff’s Office, and Wyoming’s Game and Fish Department responded. The man was flown by helicopter to an area hospital where he was receiving treatment.

No word on the extent of the man’s injuries.

The investigation is ongoing, and Game and Fish personnel were at the scene gathering further details on Monday.

Reporting by Zoe Zandora for MTN News