July 8, 2011

She escaped by playing dead

 Big Grizzly

Wife of man killed by bear escaped with her life after playing dead

It was a one in three million occurrence park rangers said, when a grizzly bear charged at Brian Matayoshi and his wife, Marylyn, fatally mauling him during a hike through Yellowstone National Park.

Miraculously, Marylyn survived, after the sow bit into the backpack she was wearing, and threw her into the air.

She landed back on the ground uninjured and managed to escape, by playing dead.

Mr Matayoshi, a retired pharmacist and father, was in in the middle of a three-week trip with his wife when they saw a grizzly and her two cubs about 100yds away along the popular Wapiti Lake Trail at 11am on Wednesday.

She said they turned in the direction they had come but when they looked back, the sow was charging.

Yellowstone Superintendeint Dan Wenk reported Mr Matayoshi told his wife to run and she hid behind a falled tree. He was unable to find shelter as the bear attacked.

The woman told park officials she didn't see the bear attack her husband. When the bear went for her, she dropped to the ground, which likely saved her life, Mr Wenk said.

A group of hikers heard her calls for help and were able to call authorities, who arrived within 20 minutes.
Mrs Matayoshi suffered scrapes and bruises but didn't seek medical attention. Her husband died at the scene, according to park spokesman Al Nash.

There had been no fatal attacks by grizzlies for 25 years.

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