He did shoot the bear, and many assumed it would die. They were right.

It was found in Little Trail Creek near Gardiner, Montana with part of its jaw blasted off. It had one or two year cubs which are still in the area.

Story in the Billings Gazette.

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan's Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of "Hiking Idaho." He also wrote "Beyond the Tetons" and "Backpacking Wyoming's Teton and Washakie Wilderness." He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

5 Responses to Grizzly that mauled Yellowstone Park employee while he was hunting has been found dead

  1. Anna says:

    I think it’s disgusting that a Yellowstone safety officer shot
    this bear, where was his bear spray? why was he not better prepared, after all he was hunting in grizzly country.

  2. Julieann says:

    What will happen to the cubs? Do they still need their mother?

  3. lisafwac says:

    Bear spray isn’t going to stop a bear that commited. But it is disgusting that another bear (bears?) is removed from the population by humans. What is it with Homo sapiens? It’s the only animal that creates an environment toxic to itself and doesn’t even realize it.

  4. Julieann,

    I think the cubs were yearlings and will probably have a pretty good chance on their own.

  5. mikarooni says:

    My personal experience is that bear spray, properly applied, will stop a very, very, very committed bear; but, aside from that question, I am deeply bothered that someone who is cashing paychecks as a safety professional in the Park would be caught without bear spray, during the fall pre-den feeding season, in an area that is well-known for both bears and gut piles at that time of year. I believe that this issue should be the one on the table because, if he isn’t competent on a safety question so simple and so fundamental to anyone cashing a paycheck as a safety professional in the GYE, then he shouldn’t be cashing that paycheck. This should end his career, not because he encountered a bear while hunting or even because he shot a bear under these circumstances, but because he, as a safety professional who should have known better, got into this situation and was not carrying the most basic of safety equipment under those circumstances.


October 2007


‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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