A grizzly bear surprised and attacked two archery hunters last week, Idaho Fish and Game said.
The hunters had minor injuries after they surprised a female grizzly with cubs, wildlife officials said.
“On the morning of Sept. 9, two archery hunters were attacked after what they described as a surprise encounter with a sow grizzly bear with cubs in the Apache Ridge area of the Upper Pack River drainage,” Fish and Game said in a news release.
One of the men had to get stitches. The hunters used bear spray during the attack and were “able to walk out of the backcountry,” Fish and Game said.
“People recreating in the Upper Pack River drainage, including the Harrison Lake and Roman Nose areas, are advised to use caution,” Fish and Game said. “Black bears and grizzly bears both inhabit the Selkirk Mountains and forest users should always be prepared for bear encounters.”
It is at least the second grizzly attack in Idaho this year. In late May, a 500-pound bear attacked a Montana man who was hiking at Henrys Lake State Park, according to EastIdahoNews.com.