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Bear Mauling In Yellowstone

July 7, 2011 by staff 

Bear Mauling In YellowstoneBear Mauling In Yellowstone, One man was killed by a grizzly bear in Yellowstone’s mother in Wyoming, Wednesday after he and his wife apparently surprised the bear and her cubs. The fatal landslide comes just days after Exxon Mobil broken pipe, spilling up to 42,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River, Montana before the flow stopped.

Park officials said they have not caught the bear that killed 57-year-old, whose name was not released. The bear did not kill him, and acted in a natural way, protecting her cubs.

The trail near the attack was closed, officials said, and a sign warning hikers has been published. But officials do not want to discourage people coming to the park.

“This is a wild and savage,” said Diane Shober, director of the Wyoming travel and tourism agency, told The Associated Press. “At the same time, the likelihood of this happening again is small.”

In fact, bear attacks are rare. This is the first time since 1986 that a bear in Yellowstone Park, according to a press release, has killed a person. This year, just another victim reported is Evelyn Bernice Adolf, who was killed by a bear in British Columbia in June. In 2010, a bear killed a tourist and wounded another near the border of Yellowstone in Montana.

Meanwhile, cleanup efforts are underway in Montana, where a pipeline burst causing Exxon Mobil Friday the Yellowstone River to swell. “Exxon Mobil? They will pay for it. I promise you this right now,” said Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer. “Yellowstone is cleared when the state of Montana says he is clean, not some bureaucrat in Washington or the state of Texas.”

The spill has raised the same questions about safety that arose after the BP oil spills last year, The Washington Post Steven Mufson and Juliet Eilperin report. The most recent spill has raised questions about whether the 2,000-mile TransCanada Keystone pipelines to be built, they wrote.

It is unclear whether these two events have no effect on tourism. More than 3.6 million people visited Yellowstone in 2010, an increase of 10.5 percent over the previous year according to the park. But so far, attendance has been in all months of 2011, according to the National Park Service statistics.

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