Attack victim was working “dream job” studying grizzlies
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A government wildlife worker who recently landed her “dream job” researching grizzly bears in a remote Montana mountain range is recovering from a surprise bear attack that left her with a fractured skull and other serious injuries.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service field assistant Amber Kornak was attacked from behind while she was working near a stream in the Cabinet Mountains south of Libby on May 17.
Agency spokeswoman Jennifer Strickland said Tuesday that as the mauling occurred Kornak managed to reach a canister of Mace-like bear spray and spray the bear to end the attack.
Kornak then reportedly walked two miles out to her work vehicle and drove to find help. A friend, Jenna Hemer, says Kornak is recovering in Kalispell following surgery.
The attack remains under investigation by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
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