National Geographic : 2016 May
Multiple surgeries restored Nic Patrick’s face but couldn’t erase the scars left by the grizzly that mauled him in 2013 at his Wyoming ranch, along the South Fork of the Shoshone River. A conservationist as well as a cattleman, Patrick holds no grudge: The mother bear was only protecting her cubs, he says. Listen to Nic Patrick describe the bear attack at natgeo.com/yellowstone. PHOTO: DAVID GUTTENFELDER More than 700 grizzly bears now live in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem— at least triple the number from 40 years ago, when the species was listed as threatened. But the human population has soared too. Inevitably, bears and humans are meeting more often, sometimes violently. In 2015 wildlife managers killed 25 grizzlies—about 3 percent of the population— because the bears had harmed humans, their livestock, or other property.