July 12, 2020

Eastern Idaho Hiker survives grizzly bear attack

HENRYS LAKE, Idaho (CBS2) — A hiker in eastern Idaho has survived injuries he sustained in a grizzly bear attack.

Idaho Fish and Game says the man and his wife were hiking along the Outlet Overlook Trail at Henrys Lake State Park when the attack occurred. He was able to walk out on his own and was treated and released at a local hospital.

The hiker, identified as 73-year-old Gregory Godar of West Yellowstone, told Fish and Game that he had bear spray with him but it was strapped to his chest.

“If I had one word of advice, it would be to carry your bear spray in your hand and not strapped to your chest,” Godar said.

By the time Godar’s wife deployed her own can of bear spray, the mamma grizzly and her two cubs had left the area.

Idaho Fish and Game says a sweep of the trails in the area didn’t produce the bears. Authorities will be closing the trails for about a week in an abundance of caution.

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