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Another Grizzly Encounter in E. Idaho

posted Sep 25, 2012, 6:03 AM by Joe Kondelis
A adult grizzly bear was wounded in an encounter that involved 5 hunters trying to retrieve an archery killed bull elk.  The archery hunters and 4 partners moved into the area to retrieve an elk killed the day before. Upon arrival they were charged by the bear and they fired shots from shotguns and pistols.  

The Bear then turned and ran leaving a blood trail. Wildlife officials have been unable to find the wounded bear and will not resume search as the blood trail petered out.   The area where that occurred is about three quarters of a mile east of U.S. Highway 20 and south and east of the Buffalo River in the Targhee National Forest. The highway in that area crosses the Buffalo River about 12 or 15 miles west of Yellowstone National Park. The nearest residence is about a mile away. 

The wounding of the grizzly followed an incident in eastern Idaho on Sept. 14, when a 67-year-old archer from Midland, Mich., was bitten on the arm by a grizzly bear. In that incident, the man was helping his hunting partner retrieve a bull elk carcass killed the previous evening along Sheridan Creek in Clark County when the grizzly charged from the brush, bit the man on the bicep, then quickly returned to the trees.