Here’s a disturbing report concerning a wildlife encounter of the wrong kind. In this one, an Illinois man was killed last week by a grizzly bear while at Yellowstone National Park. You can read about it here:
From reading the report, it sounds like the victim was an experienced outdoorsman, but was hiking alone. The report says that friends noted the victim was well aware of the risks of hiking in the area.
Bear-related deaths in that area are pretty rare, the report said. This was the area’s first fatal bear mauling in 25 years.
This comes at an interesting time. If you remember from an earlier post I made, I did a solo hike in the Wichitas last week and had a wildlife encounter of my own, with a startled buffalo. Luckily, that ended up as just a scare. You can read about it here:
As careful as I was, I still stumbled upon the animal and scared it enough to where it made an aggressive move toward me before running off. Sometimes even the most careful, experienced people can have bad wildlife encounters, and those are made all the more serious when going solo. I was aware of those risks, but it’s always something to think about before heading off into the backcountry alone.