Yellowstone, USFWS release official reports from fatal bear attack in August

(Yellowstone) - Today, Yellowstone National Park released the Board of Review report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) as well as the recommendations made by the board resulting from the fatal bear attack in August. On August 7, 2015, 63-year-old Lance Crosby was found dead approximately .5 miles from the Elephant Back Loop Trail in a popular off-trail area in the Lake Village area of the park. It was determined shortly after Crosby's body was found that he had been attacked and partially consumed by a grizzly bear. The report was prepared by state and federal personnel who made up the official Board of Review. This is required after any human fatality is caused by a grizzly bear as per the Interagency Grizzly Bear Guidelines. The Board of Review report summarizes the incident, the management response, and the eventual resolution. It details of the search for crosby, location of the incident and site investigation, including details of what investigators assume the man was doing before he was attacked. The report states that, " Recreationalists use the Elephant Back Trail primarily for day hiking, exercise walking, jogging, and scenic photography (at the overlook). No camera or cell phone was found with Mr. Crosby, so he was not engaged in photography at the time of the attack. An acquaintance of Mr. Crosby stated that Mr. Crosby was not a jogger. At the time of the attack, Mr. Crosby was wearing leather hiking boots, long pants of a light canvas material, and a long sleeved, button-down, collared shirt, which are not typical jogging attire." The report goes into the forensic and DNA evidence that lead to the identification, trapping and euthanization of the bear . The Board of Review also released a recommendations report following the incident. "The unfortunate death of Mr. Lance Crosby highlights the importance of following recommended safety procedures when hiking in grizzly habitat," states the recommendations document. The report advises that people traveling in bear country be vigilant, carry bear spray, make noise, don't run and do not hike alone. The full USFWS Board of Review report is available for public view here . The recommendations are available for public view here . *Feature Photo: Grizzly bear. h/t Teresa Muhic / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #reboot #oilcity #dally #shortgo #county10 #news