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Bears force closure of part of YNP

Two attacks by grizzly bear in the northern part of Yellowstone National Park forced park officials to close a section near Gardiner.

On Friday, a bow hunter was attacked by a female grizzly in the Beattie Gulch area. It was a prototypical attack: local resident Dustin Flack came upon the sow and her cubs as he was hunting for elk. He tried escape by climbing a tree; the blond-colored female pulled him down, but he avoided further injury after curling into the fetal position and playing dead. After the sow lost interest he walked back to his car and was taken to Livingston for treatment. State wildlife officials searched for the grizzly, but didn’t find her.

It was the second attack in the area in less than a week. On Sept. 9 Yellowstone safety officer Ken Meyer was attacked by a black-colored grizzly sow in the same sort of circumstances: he was hunting black bear when he came across a sow and her cubs. Here Meyer fought back and shot the female; a search for them was futile.

“As he put it, they wrestled for a while and there were two cubs there, and at some point the cubs made a noise and she left him to check on her cubs,” Yellowstone National Park spokesman Al Nash told AP. “He crawled over to his rifle and she came back and at first stopped about five feet in front of him and then came back after him again.” 

“As he put it, they wrestled for a while and there were two cubs there, and at some point the cubs made a noise and she left him to check on her cubs,” Yellowstone National Park spokesman Al Nash told AP. “He crawled over to his rifle and she came back and at first stopped about five feet in front of him and then came back after him again.”  

“As he put it, they wrestled for a while and there were two cubs there, and at some point the cubs made a noise and she left him to check on her cubs,” Yellowstone National Park spokesman Al Nash told AP. “He crawled over to his rifle and she came back and at first stopped about five feet in front of him and then came back after him again.”   “As he put it, they wrestled for a while and there were two cubs there, and at some point the cubs made a noise and she left him to check on her cubs,” Yellowstone National Park spokesman Al Nash told AP. “He crawled over to his rifle and she came back and at first stopped about five feet in front of him and then came back after him again.”  “As he put it, they wrestled for a while and there were two cubs there, and at some point the cubs made a noise and she left him to check on her cubs,” Yellowstone National Park spokesman Al Nash told AP. “He crawled over to his rifle and she came back and at first stopped about five feet in front of him and then came back after him again.”  “As he put it, they wrestled for a while and there were two cubs there, and at some point the cubs made a noise and she left him to check on her cubs,” Yellowstone National Park spokesman Al Nash told AP. “He crawled over to his rifle and she came back and at first stopped about five feet in front of him and then came back after him again.” 

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