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Bear attack reported on South Fork

A South Fork resident was attacked and injured by a bear while out irrigating early Thursday morning.

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.

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4 comments

  • posted by Kurt Knight

    June 23, 2013 6:54 pm

    Regardless how tough people may think they are, wisdom needs to be exercised when working in opened land around Yellowstone. A group of people between 3 to five need to accompany the worker. There is strength in numbers. They can be his extra eyes to observe while he works. Grizzly bears have this ability to appear quickly, sometimes unnoticed.

  • posted by John

    June 22, 2013 3:33 pm

    When a guy gets attacked while irrigating his fields we have a problem there are too many. Time for grizzlies to have a season.

  • posted by Dewey

    June 20, 2013 4:55 pm

    Bears were here first , Kirk.
    Try not using lethal force and aggression to resolve your issues.

    And you might consider not using the Caps Lock key, too.

  • posted by KIRK HARSHMAN

    June 20, 2013 1:11 pm

    TOO MANY BEARS--NEED TO START HUNTING THEM!!!

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