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Bear Kills Hiker at Yellowstone, Hides Partially Devoured Body

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A popular back-country trail in Yellowstone National Park was closed after a grizzly bear killed a hiker. (Jim Urquhart/Reuters)

By    |   Monday, 10 Aug 2015 05:35 AM

The partially devoured body of a hiker was found "cached" – hidden by an animal to be eaten later –  in Yellowstone National Park and authorities said at least one grizzly bear is thought to have killed him.

The National Park Service said the man's body was found Friday and though the exact cause of death had not been determined, he had defensive wounds on his forearms, reported news service AFP.

"Based on partial tracks found at the scene, it appears that an adult female grizzly and at least one cub... were present and likely involved in the incident," the park service said in a statement Saturday.

The man was from Montana and was a long-term seasonal employee of Medcor, a company that runs three health clinics in the Wyoming park.

He was reported missing Friday morning when he did not show up for work. The victim's body had been partially devoured and "cached" – or covered – near Lake Village, officials said.

Wildlife biologists have set bear traps in the area and if any captured bears are identified as having been involved in the attack, they will be killed.

"We may not be able to conclusively determine the circumstances of this bear attack, but we will not risk public safety," said Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk.

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The partially devoured body of a hiker was found "cached" – hidden by an animal to be eaten later – in Yellowstone National Park and authorities said at least one grizzly bear is thought to have killed him.
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