Injured Grizzly Near Hebgen Lake

by Jackson Hole Radio News

Forest Service and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Park officials are warning visitors of an injured grizzly bear near Eldridge Creek in the Hebgen Lake Ranger District of Custer-Gallatin National Forest.  Officials are asking visitors to the area to be very cautious when in the general vicinity.  The area is located in the Gallatin Canyon between Big Sky and West Yellowstone, Montana. The bear was injured on September 14th through an encounter with two hunters at the head of Eldridge Creek.  The encounter happened just east of the bentonite sluff “blow out” that drains into Lightning Creek, roughly 1.25 miles east of Lightning Trailhead. The hunters heard the bear charging them.  One individual fired a several handgun-rounds in the direction of the bear that got within a few feet of him before turning away.  Forest Service and Montana FWP law enforcement officials have investigated the site and found several drops of blood. However, the wounded bear has not been located.