The body of a hiker was found around noon Friday, August 7 in Yellowstone National Park.
The victim, identified as a Montana man reported missing by co-workers since the morning of August 7, was discovered near the Elephant Back Loop Trail in Lake Village. Further information concerning the hiker’s identity is being withheld pending notification of family members.
Rangers have closed the Elephant Back Loop Trail and the immediate vicinity pending an investigation into the hiker’s cause of death, which likely occurred late Thursday or early Friday.
Grizzly bear activity has been noted in the area, although a grizzly encounter is not being offered as a conclusive cause of death.
Nonetheless, Park officials advise any and all hikers in Yellowstone to stay on trails, hike in groups, make noise, carry bear spray and relay itineraries to friends and loved ones in case of emergency.