Boy, 10, attacked by grizzly while hiking in Yellowstone National Park

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A young boy is recovering after he was attacked by a bear in Yellowstone National Park.

According to NBC Montana, the 10-year-old boy and his family were on Divide Trail near Old Faithful Thursday morning when the bear charged out of the bushes. The boy fled and the bear chased him and knocked him down. The boy’s parents were able to get the bear away from the boy by spraying bear spray in the bear’s face.

The boy was left with an injured wrist, puncture wounds to the back and wounds around the buttocks, according to a statement from Yellowstone National Park officials. He was transported to Big Sky Medical Center for treatment.

Officials told NBC Montana that the bear was likely a female grizzly, and the boy’s family did everything right when it came to getting the bear off him.

“First off, they were hiking in a group. Secondly, they were carrying bear spray, and thirdly they knew how to effectively use the bear spray,” Yellowstone National Park spokesperson Morgan Warthin said.

The park has temporarily closed the Spring Creek and Divide trails while they investigate.

A statement from Yellowstone National Park said this is the first reported attack in the park since 2015. The statement also reminded park-goers to reduce their risk of a bear attack by carrying bear spray, hiking in groups of three or more, and to not run if you encounter or are charged by a bear.

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