Lance Crosby

Grizzly bear.
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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife officials have blamed a pair of grizzly bears in the fatal mauling of a Wyoming hunting guide on Friday, marking the seventh suspected fatal attack by a grizzly in the Yellowstone region since 2010. More than 700 grizzlies live in the region that includes portions of three states around Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. The animals were removed from the federal list of threatened species last year. Public hunting for grizzlies was scheduled to start this month in Wyoming and Idaho. But it has been delayed by a federal judge.

Yellowstone Kills Bear Involved In Fatal Attack

Aug 13, 2015
Bear country sign.
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Yellowstone Park Officials have killed the adult bear implicated in the fatal attack on Lance Crosby. A Monday autopsy concluded that Lance Crosby was killed by a bear. DNA analysis confirmed that the adult bear captured at the scene of the attack was involved in the fatal mauling. Park officials say the decision to kill the bear was influenced by the fact that the bear partially consumed the body and cached it for later.

An autopsy has confirmed that a grizzly bear was responsible for the death of a hiker in Yellowstone National Park late last week. And, a second bear cub related to the incident has now been captured.

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Yellowstone National Park has identified the hiker who is believed to have been killed by a grizzly bear late last week. Park Superintendent Dan Wenk says he was from Billings.

"Lance Crosby was an employee of Medcor, our concession facility that provides medical services here in the park.  (He was) 63 years old, had been in the park with Medcor for approximately 5 years" Wenk said.

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Identity of Victim in Grizzly Attack Released

A 63-year old man from Billings, Montana, has been identified as the victim of last week’s grizzly bear attack in Yellowstone. Around noon on Friday, August 7, 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. Crosby was a long-term seasonal employee of Medcor, the company that operates three urgent care clinics in the park. He had worked and lived in Yellowstone for five seasons and was an experienced hiker.