On Saturday, a woman’s body was discovered in Montana, west of Yellowstone National Park, where she had apparently encountered a grizzly bear.
The woman’s body was discovered on a trail near West Yellowstone, a community in Montana located in the Custer Gallatin National Forest to the west of Yellowstone National Park, according to a statement released by the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks on Sunday.
According to the report, the woman was discovered dead “following an apparent bear encounter” after trail evidence pointed to grizzly bears. The agency has stated that they are still looking into the bear incident.
The tweet below verifies the news:
The woman was found deceased Saturday morning near West Yellowstone. Investigators confirmed that there were grizzly bear tracks at the scene. https://t.co/qt4DzPBI6i
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) July 24, 2023
After the woman was discovered, the rangers immediately closed off the popular hiking area. The department’s statement implied that the woman’s death was related to her encounter with the bear, although it did not specify what caused it.
There has been an uptick in grizzly bear sightings or attacks in Montana recently. Staff have reported seeing grizzly bears around the state, but ““particularly in areas between the Northern Continental Divide and the Great Yellowstone ecosystems.” according to a news release issued by the agency last week.
They strongly suggested that people who plan to camp or visit parks bring bear spray with them, keep their food in bear-proof containers, and properly dispose of their trash.
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