A hiker was killed by a grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park last week, the National Parks Service said a preliminary investigation had found.
Although an exact cause of death was yet to be determined, the service said investigators had identified what appeared to be defensive wounds on the man’s arms.
It said the victim had been found “partially consumed” in the vicinity of the Elephant Black Loop Trail, near Lake Village, on Friday afternoon.
“Based on partial tracks found at the scene, it appears that an adult female grizzly and at least one cub-of-the-year were present and likely involved in the incident,” the National Parks Service said in a statement.
Tourists in Yellowstone National Park got a little too close to the wildlife this week, and one mother just couldn’t bear it.
A watchful black bear sow sent the curious onlookers running after they crowded her three cubs in a section of the park in Montana. “Keep going! Go! Go!” Yellowstone Park Ranger John Kerr is heard yelling as the tourists scatter in a video.
“These tourists were absolutely in danger,” Bob Gibson, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Communication & Education Program Manager, told NBC News. “Black bears are usually shy of people. But you put them with their cubs…