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Yellowstone says female grizzly attacked 10-year-old boy

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Yellowstone National Park officials say a 10-year-old boy was injured in an encounter with a grizzly on Thursday. They also praised his parents' quick use of bear spray to end the attack.

A release from the park says that paw prints show that a female grizzly was foraging with at least one cub or yearling near the trail where a 10-year-old boy was walking with his family on Thursday morning.

Investigators believe the family unintentionally surprised the grizzly and she charged in defense of her cub.

The bear knocked over the 10-year-old boy and his parents used bear spray to fend her off. He's been taken to a hospital for puncture wounds to his back and buttocks, and an injured wrist.

“This incident could have been more serious. We applaud the family for traveling in a group, carrying bear spray, and knowing how to effectively use it during their emergency,” said Yellowstone National Park Deputy Superintendent Pat Kenney in a press release. “We wish their son a full recovery from his injuries.”

Rangers won't search for the grizzly, since it acted defensively.

The name of the boy and his family haven't been released.

Divide and Spring Creek trails are closed temporarily while park rangers inspect for signs of bear activity.

It's the first reported bear attack in Yellowstone since 2015. Park officials say no matter where you go in Yellowstone, you could run into a bear, so reduce your risk by carrying bear spray, traveling in groups and stand your ground if charged.

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