A visitor to Yellowstone National Park is dead after an encounter with a grizzly bear Wednesday morning. The incident occurred on the Wapiti Lake trail, which is located east of the Grand Loop Road south of Canyon Village. Yellowstone Spokesman Al Nash explains the events that lead up to the attack.
Nash said that the bear subsequently went after the woman and picked her up by her day-pack and dropped her to the ground. A group of hikers nearby heard the victim’s wife crying out for help, and used a cell phone to call 911. Park rangers were summoned and quickly responded to the scene.
Nash pointed out that these types of incidents are very uncommon within the Park.
Nash said that no decision has been made on whether to take action against the bear due to the remote area where the attack took place. No visitors were injured by bears in the park in 2010. The man has been identified as 57-year-old Brian Matayoshi from Torrence, California.