Officials at Yellowstone National Park are reporting that a lone hiker was injured when he encountered grizzly bears while hiking on the Beaver Ponds Trail at Mammoth Hot Springs.
The incident occurred the morning of Friday, May 28, approximately 1.5 miles from the trailhead that originates from the Old Gardiner Road.
The 39 year-old man was hiking by himself when he encountered what he believed to be two grizzly bears. One bear made contact with the hiker and caused significant injuries to his legs. The man was able to hike out on his own.
He was transported to Livingston Hospital by park ambulance.
The Beaver Ponds Trail is closed until further notice. Bear management staff are sweeping the trail to ensure no other hikers are on the trail.