(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
"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*
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