Grizzly bear fleeing wildfire pounces on firefighter

Grizzly bear fleeing wildfire pounces on firefighter

4 August 2008

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USA — A grizzly bear fleeing a forest fire in Yellowstone has roughed up a firefighter, but the man wasn’t seriously hurt.

Fire information officer Sandra Hare says firefighter Tony Allabastro was treated and released at a clinic on the park on Sunday.

Hare says Allabastro is a member of the Lewis and Clark Hotshots from Great Falls, Mont. The crew is among those battling the 4,700-acre LeHardy Fire burning near Fishing Bridge in Yellowstone.

Hare says Allabastro suffered some scratches on his back after the bear pounced on him. But Hare says officials believe that the bear wasn’t being particularly aggressive. She says the animal apparently just wanted to get away from the fire.

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