Hunter Grand Tetons

November 1, 2011 by staff 

Hunter Grand TetonsHunter Grand Tetons, A Wyoming elk hunter exploration Grand Teton National Park was maimed by a bear in an attack that was believed to be a surprise encounter with a single brown bear, authorities said Monday.

The National Park Service officials said 32-year-old Timothy Jackson Hix, who survived the attack, was elk hunting on Sunday along the Snake River when he saw the bear and dropped to the ground , covering your head.

“Hix saw the bear running toward him and then tried to take his bear spray from its holster, but was unsuccessful. Hix fell to the ground, covered his head and stood still,” the park service said in a statement .

“He said the bear got in touch with him when he fell down and then bit him at least twice before running off,” he said.

Hix, who was taken to San Juan Medical Center in Jackson where he was in good condition, did not shoot the bear.

Officials praised their actions during the win and said he followed the protocols for bear hunting territory, officials said. He was to be discharged on Monday.

Authorities are investigating the incident, but said he believed that the bear rangers involved in the attack was a brown bear. Park managers closed an area of ??approximately one quarter of a mile around where the landslide occurred.

Although hunting is generally prohibited in national parks, a special limited hunting to reduce the number of moose is taking place in the Grand Teton, and Hix had a permit to participate in this program.

Although bear attacks are rare, rare, and deaths, exceptionally, two hikers were killed this summer, grizzly bears in separate incidents in Yellowstone National Park.

No reported six attacks of bears in the history of Grand Teton, and none of them fatal, according to park officials.

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