Grizzly Attacks Man in Grand Teton
By now you've probably heard about the grizzly attack in Grand Teton National Park. Fifty-four-year-old Dennis VanDenbos was out for an early morning hike yesterday on the Wagon Road below the corrals at Jackson Lake Lodge and surprised a sow and her three cubs.
The bears were feeding on an elk carcass and evidently perceived Mr. VanDenbos as a threat to their food. The man, from Lander, Wyoming, was out around 6 a.m. when he encountered the bears. He says he was watching an elk off to his right when he noticed the bears just about 10 feet from him on the left.
While Mr. VanDenbos yelled at the bears as they started to approach them, one of the grizzlies didn't stop. He then jumped off the trail and laid down in a submissive posture. The bear inflicted some puncture wounds and lacerations on his backside before it was frightened off by the shouting of a wrangler who heard the commotion.
After initial medical treatment on the scene, Mr. VanDenbos was taken to St. John's Medical Center in Jackson, where he obtained additional treatment.
Park officials have no plans to take adverse action against the grizzlies, as they were behaving normally in protecting the elk carcass.
This is the second grizzly attack in Wyoming in recent weeks. In late May a Montana photographer was attacked in Yellowstone.