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Grizzly bites elk hunter

October 5, 2011

From Trib.com

A grizzly bear bit an elk hunter on the hand Monday in the Shoshone National Forest near Meeteetse, according to a Wyoming Game and Fish Department official.

Game and Fish spokesman Eric Keszler said a hunter from Oregon surprised the bear, then drove himself to a hospital after being bitten. Keszler said the man's name and age were not available.

Keszler said the hunter was treated for "very minor injuries." After being treated and released, the man went back out hunting.

Keszler didn't know if the man had bear spray with him, nor was he sure it would have helped because the hunter and bear surprised each other in close quarters. Game and Fish officials, however, advise hunters in grizzly country to carry bear spray.

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