Surprise!

  Bloody encounters between grizzly bears and people at Yellowstone National Park this summer weren't really attacks or maulings, says park public affairs officer Marsha Karle. They were more like surprises, she says. In June, Glen Lacey, a park maintenance employee, startled a bear which then punctured his shoulder with its teeth. When park concessionaire Randy Ingersoll surprised a sow with two cubs a few weeks later, the grizzly charged and Ingersoll decided to play dead. The bear left him after breaking his shoulder, cutting his forehead and inflicting multiple puncture wounds. On July 17 hiker Robert O'Connell of Wyoming was saved from an attacking grizzly by a friend. The friend, atop a mule, made a surprise charge at the bear, and O'Connell survived with slashes to the head, hands and legs.





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