Yellowstone grizzly attacks have left four people injured but not in serious condition this week. Two separate grizzly bear strikes were recorded, though they were each separate incidents, Yahoo reported this Friday, Aug. 16. One of the bears involved in the attack was defending her cub, and none of the victims remained in medical care by Friday morning.
The Yellowstone grizzly attacks that occurred yesterday bring to light once again that the power and protectiveness of these powerful wild animals. Yellowstone National Park officials opted not to follow a grizzly that attacked a pair of hikers walking a trail on Thursday. The two hikers were struck by the mother grizzly, who allegedly took the offensive on the individuals after they had stumbled across her cub some months before.
A park spokesman said that the bear was not a threat, but only acting out of its motherly instincts.
"This bear by all accounts was acting on instinct, defending its cub. That is natural and normal behaviour for a sow grizzly.”
The two victims will not be identified, and were treated for claw and bite injuries before being released. Both victims managed to survive by first using bear spray, then playing dead until the bear left them alone. This, the Yellowstone National Park spokesman added, was the smart move.
"Which is what we advise hikers to do when they find themselves in that type of situation.”
The same day, two contract workers from the Bureau of Land Management were attacked some dozens of miles west of the initial strike, with similar minor injuries.
"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,” a spokesman said. “The second person got out his bear spray. When the bear hit him, it bit his hand."
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