Grizzly bear mauls, kills backcountry guide near Yellowstone

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WEST YELLOWSTONE, Mont. (AP) — A backcountry guide has died after he was mauled by a large grizzly bear just outside of Yellowstone National Park in Montana.

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office says the man who had gone fishing alone died Saturday, two days after he was attacked by the bear in a forest several miles north of the park gateway town of West Yellowstone.

In a Facebook post, authorities said the attack happened near a campground area. Safety teams were able to find the victim after about 50 minutes of searching. He had significant scalp and facial injuries.

The bear was shot and killed last Friday after charging a group of game wardens and others investigating the attack.

Officials say they are confident that the bear they killed is the one that attacked. Officials say the male bear was probably defending a nearby moose carcass.

“Now is the time to remember to be conscientious in the backcountry as the bears are coming out of hibernation and looking for food sources,” the post states.

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