Friday, four people were injured in grizzly bear attacks in and around Yellowstone Park; all escaped with minor injuries and were released from the hospital a short time later. Late August is one of the most popular times to visit Yellowstone National Park and visitors are more likely to run into a grizzly bear. Many people from Utah, Wyoming and Idaho vacation in the park this time of year.
One of the grizzly attacks occurred near the Canyon Village on a hiking trail. The hikers initially saw a bear cub and then the mother appeared.
The Associated Press reported that Yellowstone Park spokesman Al Nash said:
This bear by all accounts was acting on instinct, defending its cub. That is natural and normal behavior for a sow grizzly.
One of the hikers had a bite and claw wounds from the bear. Nash said that they will not try to locate the bear.
Hikers are told to use their bear spray and then drop to the ground and play dead, which is exactly what these hikers did.
70 miles west another grizzly bear attack occurred to two workers in the park.
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game spokesman Gregg Losinski said:
"They were about 40 feet out, and a bear under a tree just came up at them. It hit the first fellow, bit him in the thigh and backside. The second person got out his bear spray. When the bear hit him, it bit his hand."
Four people have been killed in the last three years by grizzly bears near or in Yellowstone Park.
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Sources: ABC News and the Associated Press