Wyoming Game and Fish Department Regional Supervisor Alan Osterland said Thursday morning the man was attacked at around 6:30 a.m. about 20 miles southwest of Cody. Osterland said the man was taken to an area hospital and was in “stable” condition. He declined to release the man’s name, but Yellowstone Gate reported the man was 63-year-old resident Nic Patrick.
Yellowstone Gate reported that Patrick suffered serious injuries that included severe facial lacerations, but they were not immediately believed to be life-threatening. The news site quoted Lee Livingston, who had spoken with Patrick's family.
Yellowstone Gate quoted Osterland as saying Patrick's dog had stumbled across a female grizzly with two cubs while irrigating. The sow then reacted protectively and Patrick defended himself with a shovel, the site reported.
Osterland told the Tribune it’s believed the bear was a grizzly, based on hair and tracks observed at the scene of the attack. Three department staffers were pursuing the bear, Osterland said.
“We’re looking for it right now,” he said
Osterland said they plan to capture the bear, but they do not intend to kill it. The bear’s “history and activities” will be considered before any action is taken, Osterland said.
The Tribune will update this story with more information as it becomes available.