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Friday, August 26, 2005

Park visitors injured in apparent bear attack

Associated Press

WEST GLACIER -- A man and woman hiking in Glacier National Park suffered bite wounds and other injuries Thursday when they surprised a female grizzly and her cubs on a popular hiking trail, park officials said.

The two hikers, who were not immediately identified, did not appear to have suffered life-threatening injuries, said park spokeswoman Amy Vanderbilt. But both had to be airlifted from a steep hillside, which they had rolled down in an effort to escape the bear, Vanderbilt said.

"What we know at this point is that these hikers had a close-range encounter with a mother grizzly and her two cubs," she said. "The hikers reportedly sustained bites from the female grizzly and they may have other injuries. ... They rolled about 30 feet down the embankment."
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