Friday, 59-year-old John Wallace of Chassell, Mich. was found dead by two hikers along the Mary Mountain trail. After investigation and analysis of the site, it was confirmed that the hiker was attacked by a grizzly and died from traumatic injuries.
The hiker had been camping and hiking alone in the Yellowstone backcountry. The attack, which has no witnesses, is suspected to have occurred Wednesday or Thursday. Rangers are still investigating the attack and are searching for the bear to better determine why it may have happened.
Wallace’s body was discovered by two hikers Friday; park rangers were then notified. After speculation, an autopsy Sunday confirmed that a grizzly was the cause of death. Full details are still unknown.
This death marks the second by a grizzly mauling this summer as a 57-year-old man was killed in July. Grizzly attacks are considered rare, the two deaths in the park this summer are the first two in the park since 1986.
While attacks and encounters are rare, hikers and those venturing into the country remain advised to execute proper bear safety at all times when on and around all areas of the park.