Posted: Apr 19, 2013 7:41 PM by Dennis Bragg - MTN News
PABLO - Tribal officials are now saying it was a Salish Kootenai College student who was mauled this morning when he stumbled across a sow grizzly and her cubs in the woods behind the school.
The attack happened in a wood area, right behind the Salish Kootenai College campus. In fact it wasn't far from a child care center and some of the college housing.
CSKT Fish and Game says the male student was walking along Mud Creek when he stumbled upon the grizzly sow and cubs. The bear went into a defensive mode. Tribal biologists saw the bear charged the hiker slashing at his arm and head.
He was first taken to St. Luke's hospital in Ronan and then transported to Kalispell Regional Medical Center for further treatment and is reported to be in stable condition.
Deputy Levi Read, Lake County Search and Rescue coordinator said, "What we did is we mobilized Search and Rescue and warned residents of what had occurred. And the tribal fish and game have been monitoring the bear and where she's headed and what not, and making decisions on what they want to do from there."
CSKT Fish and Game Information Specialists Germaine White tells us the bear wasn't a part of any research project, and wasn't wearing a radio collar. Biologists did find the site of the attack, saying the bear has since left the area.
The incident is a prime example of the hazards of living in bear country, with the mix of fields and woods just below the Mission Mountains.