JACKSON, Wyo. — Wyoming wildlife managers don’t plan to capture a grizzly bear that attacked a hunter this week because the encounter appears to be a case of a sow bear protecting her cubs.
Wyoming Game and Fish Department spokesman Mark Gocke said Wednesday that the preliminary investigation is pointing to a surprise encounter and defensive reaction on the bear’s part.
Gocke says the Bridger-Teton National Forest area where the attack occurred has not been closed to the public because wildlife managers don’t believe the bear poses a danger.
James Moore, of Rock Springs, received injuries to his head and torso when he was attacked while hunting elk with two companions Monday morning in the Teton Wilderness.
Moore was listed in good condition at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho.