A man mauled by a grizzly bear 20 miles outside of Cody is in the hospital and in stable condition, said Alan Osterland, regional wildlife supervisor for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.
The man was attacked early in the morning in the South Fork area while irrigating crops on private land. His dog reportedly stumbled on the bear, which may have triggered the attack. The man appeared to have used a shovel to defend himself, Osterland said.
The sow had two cubs, according to information gathered by Game and Fish, Osterland said. She was likely defending them when she attacked.
Wildlife officials set traps and were looking for the bear later Thursday. Osterland didn’t know the likelihood of catching the sow.
Fourteen people were reported injured in grizzly bear conflicts in 2011 in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem, according to the most recent data reported by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team.