1st human-bear conflict in YNP reported for 2021

(Yellowstone National Park, WY) – This morning, May 28th, a 39-year-old male sustained injuries from a bear while hiking on the Beaver Ponds Trail at Mammoth Hot Springs.

The incident occurred approximately 1.5 miles from the trailhead that originates from Old Gardiner Road, according to information released on the YNP Facebook page.

The male was hiking alone when he encountered what he believed to be two grizzly bears. One bear made contact with the hiker and he sustained significant injuries to his lower extremities but was able to hike out on his own.


He was transported to Livingston Hospital by park ambulance.

The Beaver Ponds Trail is closed until further notice. Bear management staff are sweeping the trail to ensure no other hikers are on the trail.

This is the first incident of a bear injuring a person in Yellowstone in 2021. The last incident was in June 2020, when a grizzly bear knocked a woman to the ground and scratched her thigh.

No other information about the incident has been released at this time.


Be bear aware tips from YNP:

  • Stay 100 yards away from bears at all times.
  • Carry bear spray and know how to use it.
  • Be alert.  Watch for fresh tracks, scat, and feeding sites.
  • Make noise.
  • Hike in groups of three or more people.
  • Don’t hike at dawn, dusk, or at night, when grizzlies are most active.
  • Don’t run from a bear.

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