WEST GLACIER, Mont. — A Glacier National Park employee was injured after apparently startling a bear while picking huckleberries.
Park officials said Monday that the off-duty employee was in the Swiftcurrent valley on Saturday evening when she surprised the bear. She suffered injuries to her leg and hands from what is believed to be a grizzly bear.
The park employee was returning on the Swiftcurrent Pass Trail when she was met by park rangers. She was taken by Glacier County emergency responders to the hospital in Browning for further treatment. Her injuries were considered non-life threatening.
Park officials say hikers reported seeing a grizzly bear sow with two cubs leaving the area shortly after the encounter.
At this time of year, bears are beginning to increase their food intake to prepare for hibernation.