JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — 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.
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Moore was listed in good condition at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho.