G&F: Hunters, Residents Be Bear Aware

Yellowstone Nat'l Park Grizzly Bear
Yellowstone Nat'l Park Grizzly Bear

Grizzly bears normally den in mid-November, but the Game and Fish Department reminds hunters and residents that the animals will remain active in search of food until that time.

Sheridan Game and Fish Information Specialist Warren Mischke says that along with hunters being aware of grizzlies and black bears during late October, area residents can take steps to prevent bear or even mountain lion encounters.

He explains why right now is a time to be especially careful.

In the past month there have been several bear vs. hunter encounters across the state of Wyoming, according to a media release from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

A hunter in Meeteetse surprised a bear and the animal bit the Oregon man on the hand as it ran past, fleeing the area.

Near Dubois, a Casper hunter dropped and covered upon seeing a grizzly, and he was bitten on the buttocks and ankle before the bear left the area.

Mischke gives some advice in the case of hunter or resident who encounters a bear.

The Game and Fish also recommends lying flat on the ground with your fingers interlocked behind your neck, as opposed to curling up into a ball. The technique is less threatening to bears, according to a release from the Game and Fish.

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