ISLAND PARK, Idaho (AP) – Idaho state wildlife officials said a man was injured after being attacked by a grizzly bear in eastern Idaho on Friday morning.
Idaho Department of Fish and Game spokesman Roger Phillips said in a prepared statement the man was running on a trail in the Kilgore area near Island Park around 6:30 a.m. met the female grizzly bear with her cub. The female bear charged him, and the man lay down in an effort to protect himself.
The grizzly hit him several times before running away, Phillips said.
The man’s injuries were not life threatening and he was able to return to his cabin to call 911. He was taken to a hospital in Rexburg for treatment.
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has closed the area as a precaution, and the Fremont County Department and Sheriff’s Office are investigating.
Bears generally protect their young, and the US Forest Service says most bear attacks result from surprise encounters when a bear is defending its young or a food source. Bear country hikers are advised to make noise to avoid surprising bears, avoid walking early and late, and carry bear spray.
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