Idaho Man Stable After Grizzly Bear Attack

Idaho Statesman, Bear Hunting Magazine
04/13/2007

State game wardens have set traps near a home in Tetonia where a grizzly bear attacked a man Tuesday.

The 33-year-old man was flown by helicopter to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls where he is in stable condition.

Tetonia is about 40 miles east of Rexburg at the foot of the Teton Range.

So far, the grizzly remains at large, but officials suspect it will return to the moose carcass it was feeding on just prior to the attack. The bear, if caught, could be killed or moved.

When the bear charged and mauled him around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, the man was walking outside, trying to figure out why his dog was barking.

The man's home, in a wooded subdivision with homes an acre or more apart, is within the habitat of Yellowstone grizzly bears, which are scheduled to lose the protection of the Endangered Species Act within weeks.

Under the act, the species is listed as threatened and can be killed only under strict guidelines.

Idaho Department of Fish and Game officials said they have the authority to kill the bear ifthey find it, although they said they want to trap the bear to make sure they have the right animal.

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