In the 40 years since the nation’s largest park was established, a bear mauling fatality has never been recorded until now, NPS said. The agency urged visitors to be cautious.
“Visitors are encouraged to be Bear Aware when traveling in the backcountry and take precautions such as carrying bear spray and using Bear Resistant Food Containers,” NPS wrote in a news release on Tuesday.
Typically, according to the NPS, bears will move away from humans if they see or hear them coming.
Bear attacks are rare — but if attacked by grizzly bear, the NPS recommends people play dead by laying flat on their stomachs with their legs spread out.