As Grizzly Charged, Man Told Wife to Run

Bear in Yellowstone attack has not been located
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 7, 2011 12:09 PM CDT
This June 7, 2005 file photo released by Yellowstone National Park shows a grizzly bear moving through the brush at the park in Wyoming.   (AP Photo/Yellowstone National Park, James Peaco, File)

(Newser) – The grizzly bear who fatally mauled a hiker yesterday is still roaming Yellowstone National Park, though officials have closed campgrounds and trails near the scene of the attack. The 57-year-old victim and his wife actually encountered the bear twice during their hike, a park spokesperson says, but the first time they simply continued on. The next time, however, the grizzly charged as the victim yelled for his wife to run.

But as the bear went for her, she dropped to the ground. It then lifted her by her day pack but then released her. The woman, who did not seek medical attention, told officials she didn't see her husband get attacked. The fatal mauling is the park's first in 25 years, but the larger Yellowstone region has now seen three in just over a year, the AP reports.

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