A hiker injured in a grizzly bear encounter in Yellowstone Park on Aug. 15 was released from the hospital later that night.

The individual, who suffered bite and claw wounds and was transported to the hospital by ambulance, was one of two hikers injured in the incident, park officials said.

The other hiker was treated at the scene.

The hikers were part of a group of four people hiking a few miles down the Cygnet Lakes Trail southwest of Canyon Village around 11:30 a.m. Aug. 15 when they spotted a grizzly bear cub-of the-year.

A sow grizzly then came within close range and charged the group.

Two of the hikers immediately discharged bear spray and the sow and cub left the area.

All four hikers walked to the trailhead on their own and requested their identities not be released.

The encounter, which lasted about a minute, was the first report of bear-caused human injuries in Yellowstone Park this year.

Yellowstone bear biologists say the bear’s reaction is consistent with defensive actions when there is a surprise encounter with humans, and the bear will not be tracked down and killed.

The incident remains under investigation, but the hikers were reportedly heeding the park’s advice to hike in groups of three or more, make noise, watch for bears and carry bear spray.

There were no recent reports of grizzly bear activity in the area.

As a precaution, Cygnet Lakes Trail and surrounding area, along with any off trail travel in the Mary Mountain area, were temporarily closed Thursday.

The Associated Press also reported that two BLM contract workers also were involved in a bear attack Aug. 15, 70 miles west of the Yellowstone incident.

The two workers were treated at a Rexburg, Idaho, hospital and released.

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KUDOS TO MAMA BEAR,AS SHE DID THE VERY SAME THING ANY HUMAN MOTHER OR FATHER WOULD DO IF A RAPIST, CHILD MOLESTER, OR KILLER WAS GOING TO HARM OUR CHILD OR FAMILY MEMBER.
AMAZING, YOU MEAN FISH AND GAME DID'NT KILL MAMA BEAR OR BABY BEAR, THANK GOD
BECAUSE IN NEVADA OR CALIFORNIA, OUR FISH AND GAME IS SO EAGER TO KILL , THESE BEARS MORE THAN LIKELY WOULD HAVE BEEN DEAD NO SOONER THAN LOOK AT THE UNSUSPECTING HIKERS.
LESSON LEARNED, NOT ONLY FOR THE HIKERS, BUT I HOPE FOR THE BEARS AS WELL.
THEY HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO LIVE OUT THERE LIVES WITHOUT THE WORST BEAST OF ALL IN THE FOREST TRAPPING, HUNTING AND KILLING THEM.
KUDOS FOR MAMA BEAR.

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