Hiker mauled by bear at Yellowstone National Park

WYOMING -- A bear mauled a hiker in Yellowstone National Park near the Wyoming-Montana state line on Friday morning -- an attack that sent the man to a hospital in an ambulance, park officials said.

The 39-year-old man suffered significant injuries to his lower extremities but was able to hike out on his own before the ambulance picked him up, the park said in a news release.

The man's name and details about his condition were not released.

RELATED: Video shows bear charging toward woman at Yellowstone National Park
EMBED More News Videos

A woman's close encounter with a bear in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming was caught on camera.



The attack happened on Beaver Ponds Trail -- a 5-mile loop trail near Wyoming's Mammoth Hot Springs, park officials said. Most of the loop is in Wyoming, but a portion is in Montana.

The man "was hiking alone when he encountered what he believed to be two grizzly bears," and "one bear made contact with the hiker," causing the injuries, the news release said.

Linda Veress, a spokesperson for the park, told CNN the attack was a mauling. The park did not release details about what led to it.

RELATED: 10 seconds of terror: Man survives attack from 300-pound bear in remote Alaska

EMBED More News Videos

A man survived 10 seconds of terror after a chance meeting with a large brown bear in a remote part of Alaska.



Beaver Ponds Trail was closed after the attack until further notice, the park said. Bear management staff were doing a sweep of the trail to ensure no other hikers were there, the news release said.

This is the first time in 2021 that a bear has injured a person at the park, park officials said.

Earlier this month, a woman in southern Colorado was killed in an apparent bear attack, officials there said.

RELATED: Human remains found in 2 bears suspected in Colorado attack
EMBED More News Videos

Wildlife officials say human remains were found in two of the three bears euthanized after they were suspected of attacking and killing a woman near Durango in southwestern Colorado.