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Grizzly involved in Idaho hunter attack likely defending cubs

A few grizzly bears have been spotted emerging from hibernation in Yellowstone National Park.

Idaho wildlife officials say their investigation into a recent grizzly bear attack on a hunter near Yellowstone National Park has determined the incident was likely the result of a surprise encounter in which a mother bear was defending her three cubs. A 55-year-old man from Idaho Falls was treated and released Monday after a grizzly bear bit his left hand. The man had been bowhunting for elk in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest in the vicinity of Yale Creek, about 15 miles west of Yellowstone. Continue Reading →

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Rangers assist injured Grand Teton climber

A search and rescue helicopter lands at the Jenny Lake rescue cache near Lupine Meadows in Grand Teton National Park in this 2012 file photo, after completing a short-haul extraction of an imperiled climber from the Teewinot Mountain area.

Rangers in Grand Teton National Park assisted a climber who was injured Tuesday when a large boulder dislodged and rolled over his arm. Tucker Zibilich, 26, of Jackson, Wyoming and was injured while hiking with a partner. The two were on their descent after making a day trek to the Upper Saddle of the Grand Teton, elevation 13,285 feet. Continue Reading →

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Tourists injured in Grand Teton tour bus crash

Twenty-four people were treated for injuries follwing a commercial tour bus Thursday afternoon in Grand Teton National Park. A bus carrying 26 passengers and a driver crashed approximately four miles north of Colter Bay Village. Ambulances and a passenger van were used to transport 24 people for medical care at St. John’s Medical Center in Jackson, Wyoming. Two seriously injured passengers were flown by helicopter to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls. Continue Reading →

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Cody area man hospitalized after grizzly bear attack

A Cody man was hospitalized Thursday after being attacked early in the morning by a grizzly bear. The man was irrigating fields at his home 21 miles southwest of Cody, Wyo. The man was recovering at West Park Hospital from injuries sustained during the attack, including severe facial lacerations, said Lee Livingston, who was present near Patrick's home Thursday speaking with Wyoming Game and Fish Department staff members. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone visitor gored after failing to yield to approaching bison

Visitors to Yellowstone National Park risk injury when allowing bison or other wildlife to approach within 25 yards. (Ruffin Prevost/Yellowstone Gate - click to enlarge)

A Massachusetts man was badly injured Saturday when he was gored by a bison in Yellowstone National Park after failing to retreat as the animal advanced toward him. The man, in his mid-50s, has not been identified by the National Park Service pending notification of family members. He suffered a broken collarbone, shoulder blade, several ribs and a groin injury when he was tossed nearly 10 feet in the air and pinned to the ground. Continue Reading →

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Injured skier hopes Grand Teton accident video will make others ski safely

A still frame from a video shot by skier Josh Tatman shows his shadow on the snow just before he is injured in a fall on a steep slope in Grand Teton National Park. (click to enlarge)

A skier who was rescued Saturday by members of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort ski patrol and evacuated by helicopter from a steep canyon in Grand Teton National Park is recovering from his injury, and hopes a video of the incident will help remind others to ski safely. Josh Tatman, 31, of Jackson, Wyo. was skiing alone at about 1 p.m. near the top of Endless Couloir in Granite Canyon. Tatman broke his leg in an otherwise relatively moderate fall, but he was able to use his cell phone to call for help. Continue Reading →

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Grand Teton rangers rescue injured skier from Granite Canyon

Granite Canyon

Grand Teton National Park rangers worked with rescuers from other agencies Saturday to transport an injured backcountry skier to safety. Josh Tatman, 31, of Jackson, Wyo. was skiing alone at about 1 p.m. near the top of Endless Couloir in Granite Canyon. Tatman was injured during a short fall, according to information released Sunday by the Grand Teton National Park public affairs office. Continue Reading →

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