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Bear 101: How To Avoid Getting Mauled By A Grizzly In Yellowstone09:45

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Kerry Gunther, Yellowstone National Park's bear biologist, has been working with the park's Grizzly population for more than three decades. (Peter O'Dowd/Here & Now)closemore
Kerry Gunther, Yellowstone National Park's bear biologist, has been working with the park's Grizzly population for more than three decades. (Peter O'Dowd/Here & Now)

Only eight people have been killed by Grizzly bears since the inception of Yellowstone National Park more than 100 years ago. But the park says it averages about one attack per year.

As the population of the iconic bear rebounds in the west, the park’s bear biologist is trying to tell campers that there are ways to protect yourself in bear country.

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Nic Patrick was attacked by a Grizzly bear three years ago outside Cody, Wyoming. (Courtesy of Penny Preston)
Nic Patrick was attacked by a Grizzly bear three years ago outside Cody, Wyoming. (Courtesy of Penny Preston)
Park rangers suggest carrying bear spray in Yellowstone to protect from an attack. (Peter O'Dowd/Here & Now)
Park rangers suggest carrying bear spray in Yellowstone to protect from an attack. (Peter O'Dowd/Here & Now)

This segment aired on August 22, 2016.

Peter O’Dowd Assistant Managing Editor, Here & Now
Peter O’Dowd has a hand in most parts of NPR and WBUR's Here & Now — producing and overseeing segments, reporting stories and occasionally filling in as host. He came to Boston from KJZZ in Phoenix.

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