- April 9, 2019

Bear Attack Near Ennis

by Jackson Hole Radio News

 A 17-year-old boy was attacked by a bear south of Ennis, Montana Sunday but survived the attack with relatively minor injuries. According to Montana officials, the boy and his family were visiting their cabin in Wolf Creek, about 30 miles south of Ennis, on the east side of the Madison Valley and the young man had gone out looking for shed antlers in the area. According to the boy, he was walking down a hill around 2:00 pm when he heard a “thump” behind him. He turned around to see a bear charging at him. The teen was carrying bear spray, but he was unable to deploy it immediately because of the bear’s rapid approach. The bear pushed him up against a tree and held him there momentarily. When the bear let go, the teen fell over and attempted to crawl between two trees and protect his head and vitals. The bear then pinned him face-down on the ground. The boy said he was able to reach over his shoulder and deploy his bear spray on the bear which then retreated. The young man walked out on his own and was later treated for his injuries at Madison Valley Medical Center and released. Officials say from the boy’s description, they believe the bear was a grizzly.


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