A grizzly bear bit a wildlife technician researching the bruins in eastern Idaho Monday.
Brett Panting, a wildlife technician working for the Wildlife Conservation Society, was bitten in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, near the Davis Lake Area of Big Bend Ridge in Island Park. The bear ran off after biting Panting, who was collecting habitat data as part of a grizzly research project.
Panting was taken to Eastern Idaho Medical Center and treated for puncture wounds and lacerations. He was being held late Monday for minor surgery and observation.
Big Bend Ridge is on the southwest side of Island Park and includes several cattle and sheep grazing areas. Caribou-Targhee National Forest staff are working with Idaho Fish & Game to what to do about the bear situation and have contacted ranchers in the area.