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1 dead, 2 injured in bear attack at Montana campground

Published: Wed, July 28, 2010 @ 2:30 p.m.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A bear attack Wednesday in a campground near Yellowstone National Park left one person dead and two injured, Montana wildlife officials said.

A man was killed in the attack at the Soda Butte campground near Cooke City that was reported about 4 a.m., Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesman Ron Aasheim said.

A woman suffered severe lacerations from bites on her arms, while another man was bitten on his calf and taken to a hospital in Cody, Wyo.

Wildlife officials did not release the identities of the victims and said they were sending a response team to piece together what happened.

“We don’t know if it was one bear, two bears, a black bear or grizzly bear,” Aasheim said. “Obviously the bear’s gone now. Will it come back tonight? That’s the question.”

After the attack was reported, authorities cleared the campground, telling campers to go to their cars. The Park County department report said tents in the area were smashed, Aasheim said.

The campground, which is run by the U.S. Forest Service, has been closed while the investigation goes on, Aasheim said.

The Soda Butte campground is in the Gallatin National Forest near the northeastern entrance of Yellowstone National Park.


1Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Lets not jump to conclusions ! They really like people ! These fun luvin bears are just catching a late night snack and bit a person by mistake . Trained to sniff out crack cocaine one of these bears would be a crack house's worst nightmare ! Kinda like a K-9 on steroids !

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2Valleyvoter(21 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

I have camped in this campground several times! In 1972 for a couple of nights, and again in 1994 for a couple of nights. Definitely bear country. You make a mistake and leave food out, you're asking for trouble.

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3FightingInTheWarRoom(7 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Another relevant comment from Stan and USA1. Their humor and crazy prevent this place from be bland.

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4FightingInTheWarRoom(7 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Sorry, I dont camp buddy, but maybe if you come with me I'll consider.

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