“He (the victim) said it took just a few seconds, then it was over,” said Mark Bruscino, Game and Fish bear management program supervisor in Cody.
The man suffered a scalp injury, minor abrasions to his face, and sore ribs, although none of his ribs were broken. A friend drove the victim to West Park Hospital in Cody. He was treated and released the same night, Bruscino said.
The bear was simply reacting to a perceived danger. Once that threat was neutralized, the grizzly fled, DeBolt said.
The department does not believe this grizzly poses a hazard to humans. “We have no intention at this point to trap the bear,” DeBolt said.
DeBolt reminds hunters to hunt with a partner. Following an animal’s harvest, pack it out as soon as possible.
He urged hunters to get bear spray as well. “Have it accessible and know how to use it,” DeBolt said.