A hiker suddenly came face to face with a grizzly bear in Wyoming mountains, officials said.
The man was hiking the Francs Peak, the… highest peak in Wyoming’s Absaroka Range, on Monday, June 27, Wyoming Game and Fish said.
He stumbled upon a grizzly bear in what “appears to be a surprising encounter,” officials said.
“The man, an experienced out-of-state recreationist, was hiking at a high altitude when he encountered the bear at close range,” Game and Fish officials said in a press release. “The encounter happened too suddenly to use the bear spray he was carrying.”
The man was injured and flown in a helicopter to a hospital in Billings, Montana. Officials have not released the man’s current condition or identity.
Game and Fish does not intend to take any action to find the bear.
“Game and Fish will continue to monitor bear activity in the area and make management decisions in the interest of public safety,” officials said.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU SEE A BEAR
Bear Attacks in the US are rare, according to the National Park Service. In most attacks, bears try to defend their food, cubs, or space.
There are some steps people can take to prevent an encounter with a bear from turning into a bear attack.
Identify yourself: Speak calmly and wave your arms slowly. This can help the bear realize that you are human and not threatening.
Stay calm: Bears usually don’t want to attack, but they do want to be left alone. Speak slowly and in a low voice to the bear.
Do not shout: Yelling can trigger an attack
Picking up small children: Don’t let the kids run away from the bear. It might think it’s small prey.
Walk in groups: One group is noisier and smells more, the National Park Service said. Bears like to keep their distance from groups of people.
Make yourself look big: Move to higher ground and stand upright. Do not make sudden movements.
Don’t drop your bag: A bag on your back can keep a bear from accessing food, and it can provide you with some protection.
Walk away slowly: Move sideways so that you appear less threatening to the bear. This also allows you to keep an eye on things.
Again, don’t run: Bears will chase you, just like a dog would.
Do not climb trees: Grizzlies and black bears can also climb.