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Bear Attack Prompts Temporary Area Closure

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Date: September 14, 2007
Contact: Al Nash, 307-344-2010

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 14, 2007 07-90
Al Nash (307) 344-2010

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK NEWS RELEASE

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Bear Attack Prompts Temporary Area Closure

A section of Yellowstone National Park west of the town of Gardiner, Montana, has been temporarily closed. This coincides with today’s emergency closure of an adjacent area of the Gallatin National Forest.

These closures have been implemented due to human safety concerns after a man was mauled by a bear this morning while elk hunting north of Yellowstone National Park in the Beattie Gulch area.

The northeast corner of the closed section of Yellowstone National Park is where Reese Creek meets the park’s northern boundary west of the Yellowstone River. The closure continues southwest along the park boundary until turning due south to Electric Peak. From Electric Peak, the southern boundary of the closed area follows the Montana/Wyoming state line east back to Reese Creek. Reese Creek forms the eastern boundary of this temporarily closed area.

Hikers and backcountry users are encouraged to check with staff at the Albright Visitor Center or the Backcountry Office in Mammoth Hot Springs before planning any trips into this section of the park.

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Did You Know?

Bison in Yellowstone.

There are more people hurt by bison than by bears each year in Yellowstone. Park regulations state that visitors must stay at least 25 yards away from bison or elk and 100 yards away from bears.