Elderly backpacker, 68, mauled by grizzly bear on remote hike as beast blindsides him and stops him using bear spray

Elderly backpacker, 68, mauled by grizzly bear on remote hike as beast blindsides him and stops him using bear spray



AN elderly backpacker has been mauled by a grizzly bear while on a remote hike.

The 68-year-old, who hasn’t been named, was left blindsided when he was attacked in a remote part of Wyoming near Yellowstone National Park on Monday.

The hiker, of Buffalo, New York, was unable to use the bear spray that he was carrying, Jackson Hole Press reports.

But, he had a personal locator beacon which helped rescuers find him.

He was airlifted to a hospital in Billings, Montana, and is being treated for his injuries.

The extent of his injuries has not been disclosed.

Several animal attacks at Yellowstone National Park have been reported in recent days.

A woman, from West Chester, Pennsylvania, was gored by a bison on Thursday.

Park officials said that the 71-year-old and her daughter “inadvertently” approached the 1,800lb beast as they returned to their car at the trailhead.

The woman who sustained non-life-threatening injuries was taken to a Wyoming hospital.

Lead Image: A hiker, 68, has been mauled by a grizzly bear (stock pic) Credit: Getty.


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