Wyoming Hunter Kills Grizzly Bear That Attacked Him, Cubs Euthanized

A family of grizzly bears has been killed after an attack on a hunter.

The hunter, who has not been named, was tracking elk with a partner on Saturday morning when he was attacked by an adult female grizzly bear near Cody, in northwest Wyoming.

The bear was with its two cubs at the time of the incident, and the hunter is reported to have suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The adult grizzly was killed by the hunter and his hunting partner.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department, in coordination with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, euthanized the two cubs.

"The safety of outdoor recreationists is always at the forefront of our minds," said Wyoming Game and Fish's Cody Regional Wildlife Supervisor Dan Smith.

"Our thoughts are with the individual who was injured and we wish him a full and speedy recovery."

"The Service sends our thoughts to the injured individual as he recovers," added Dan Coil of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

"The Service partners with states to manage grizzly bears in grizzly country and appreciates Wyoming Game and Fish responding to the incident."

Newsweek has contacted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which is leading an investigation into the incident.

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, adult female grizzly bears weigh 250-350lb, while males can exceed 600lb.

They can also move at speeds of up to 35mph over short distances.

Grizzly bears in Wyoming and the lower 48 states are protected as a threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act, and it is illegal to harm, harass or kill them, except in cases of self-defense or the defense of others.

While people are urged to never approach bears, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service investigation into a fatal grizzly attack in April concluded that "more people are encountering grizzly bears" in the animals' natural habitat, and that these encounters "can and have resulted in human injuries or death."

The investigation concerned the death of Carl Mock, a 40-year-old man who died after being attacked by a grizzly near Baker's Hole Campground in Montana.

The bear is believed to have been defending a moose carcass that was located nearby.

In July, a grizzly bear attacked and killed a California woman at a campsite in western Montana, and in August a pair of hikers were left with minor injuries after an attack in the same area.

A grizzly bear and two cubs
A stock image shows a grizzly bear and two cubs, unrelated to the animals that were involved in the incident. Adult females average 250-350lb in weight. JackVandenHeuvel/iStock