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Life Flight. Photo by Sublette County Sheriff's Office.
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A Life Flight helicopter takes off with the victim of a grizzly bear attack on Friday, October 21st north of Pinedale.
Hunter injured in grizzly bear attack in Rock Creek area
by Sublette County Sheriff’s Office
October 23, 2022

PINEDALE, WYOMING - Friday, October 21st at 5:52pm Sublette County Dispatch received an SOS activated 911 call of a hunter that was injured following a grizzly bear attack. Tip Top Search and Rescue (TTSAR) volunteers were immediately paged and were able to bring the injured man out for medical treatment.

Lee Francis (65) of Evanston, Wyoming was hunting with his son in the Rock Creek area along the Sawtooth mountains when a grizzly bear attacked him. Lee was able to draw his hand gun and fired several rounds which caused the bear to disengage and flee; however, one of the rounds struck Lee in the lower leg.

Lee’s son quickly activated his SOS device for help then began providing first aid to his dad to help control bleeding. As darkness was rapidly approaching, a plan was devised through contact on the SOS device to rendezvous with TTSAR members near Water Dog Lake. Lee’s son was able to assist him on to a horse and make their way back towards the lake while TTSAR members utilizing UTV’s left from the Flying A Ranch. The two parties met up around 9:20pm in the Big Twin Creek drainage where further first aid was rendered. Lee was extracted by UTV back to the ranch where a life flight helicopter was waiting. Lee was then flown to the University of Utah Hospital for further treatment while a TTSAR member accompanied his son and horses back to the trailhead.

Wyoming Game and Fish was also notified and Game Wardens are currently conducting an investigation and trying to locate the grizzly bear. This marks the second grizzly bear attack this month in Western Wyoming.

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