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Man Mauled by Bear while calling Elk!!!
« on: September 18, 2016, 12:12:42 PM »
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Wyoming hunter calls for elk, gets mauled by a bear

September 15, 2016 By Pete Thomas

A bear attack Tuesday on a Wyoming bow hunter appears to have been triggered by an elk call.

Reggie Riebe, who remains hospitalized with injuries to his scalp, buttocks, hands and arms, has not said much to investigators since he was mauled by what’s believed to have been a grizzly bear.

“Who knows what he’s been through,” Mark Gocke, Wyoming Game and Fish Department spokesman, told the Jackson Hole Daily on Thursday. “He might be in a lot of pain. We’re not going to fault him.”

Investigators did interview Reibe’s hunting partner, who said the mauling occurred as Riebe was using an elk call to assist his partner in their morning hunt in Bridger Teton National Forest. The partner reported the attack at 9:06 a.m., and helped Riebe walk about a mile through dense forest to meet the ambulance.

Riebe was transported to St. Johns Medical Center in Jackson. On Wednesday he was listed in good condition.

The injuries, according to a report by KGWN, are consistent with the type of injuries caused by a grizzly bear. It remains unclear, though, whether the bear was tracing Riebe’s call in search of a elk meal, or if this was simply a defensive attack. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is still investigating.

“Obviously, our primary concern is with the health of the victim at this time,” Brad Hovinga, a department supervisor, told KGWN on Wednesday. “This is a terribly unfortunate incident and we’re really hoping for the victim’s speedy and full recovery.”

The attack occurred at a time when bears are desperately trying to fatten up before the hibernation season. They can be more aggressive toward humans during this period.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department used the incident to remind hunters to stay close to a partner; to carry bear spray after carefully reading the instructions; to watch closely for bear sign (tracks, scat, broken branches, etc.); to watch for bear food (white-bark pine cone piles, berry patches, and animal carcasses), and to avoid “dark” timber areas used by bears to bed down during the day.

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