Local dentist attacked by a grizzly bear

Courtesy Sublette County Sheriff's Office

Evanston resident Lee Francis attacked by a grizzly bear

According to a Sublette County Sheriff's Office and Tip Top Search and Rescue press release Evanston resident Lee Francis, a local dentist and hunter was attacked by a grizzly bear. 

Francis and his son were hunting in the Rock Creek area of the Sawtooth Mountains east of Bondurant. Francis was able to draw his gun and fired several rounds which scared the bear off him. Unfortunately, Francis shot himself in the lower leg. Lee’s son quickly activated his SOS device for help then began providing first aid to his dad to help control bleeding. 

Francis was eventually flown by medical helicopter to the University of Utah Hospital. At this time Francis' condition is unknown. We will continue to update the story as it develops. 


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