- by theguardian
- 27 Nov 2022
A college wrestler from a small Wyoming school helped his teammate survive a grizzly mauling over the weekend by trying to wrestle the massive bear off his friend, eventually drawing a more brutal attack to himself.
The men are crediting their bonds as wrestling team-mates at Northwest College in Cody, Wyoming, with helping them survive the attack Saturday evening south-east of Yellowstone national park.
Brady Lowry of Cedar City, Utah, suffered a broken arm and puncture wounds in the initial attack after they surprised the bear while searching for antlers shed by elk and deer in the Shoshone national forest.
The bear quickly turned its fury on to Cummings.
The bear was only gone briefly.
Cummings pulled himself up and began looking for his teammates. In the meantime, Lowry was able to walk to an area with cell service and call 911.
Wyoming wildlife officials said they will not try to capture and relocate or kill the bear because it was a surprise attack and because there are many other bears in the area, making it difficult for them to determine which bear was involved.
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