A man went missing and was later found dead this weekend in Yellowstone park.
The preliminary statements of the authorities say it was a bear attack on Yellowstone park.
The victim was said to be an experienced hiker who frequented the park for years. He was reported missing after failing to show up at work on Medcor, his company, last Friday.
He was later found “half-consumed,” according to Washington Post, half-mile off his well-visited trail, the Elephant Black Loop Trail.
The initial release stated that a mother bear and a cub were probably involved in the animal attack.
The Park has released a statement saying “We may not be able to conclusively determine the circumstances of this bear attack, but we will not risk public safety. We are deeply saddened by this tragedy and our hearts go out to the family and friends of the victim as they work to cope with the loss of someone who loved Yellowstone so very much.”
The rainy conditions have made the investigation harder for the Park Authorities, but they have promised they will ensure public safety first.
The wildlife biologists have already set up some bear traps, and once the bears are caught, and proven to be the attackers, they will be euthanized, CNN reports.
Hikers are encouraged to be at least 100 yards away from bears. The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystems, says CNN, has a grizzly bear population of about 674 and 839 in 2014 alone.
Fatal encounters between bears and humans is a rare occasion. Only four other deadly occurrences were reported between 2010 to 2014 in national parks and forests, CNN’s report says.