The Grandview, Montana, lodge is one of the oldest and most well-known lodges in the country.
Built in 1856 by the Wampanoag people, it is also the home of the Yellowstone National Park grizzly bear population, and hosts the annual Montana Deer and Elk Festival.
But in late October, a bear came within sight of the lodge, and a fight ensued.
According to Wampani News, “A grizzly manhunt was underway in the area.
Some of the guests that stayed at the lodge that night were told by a security guard to stay back and leave the area until it was safe.”
The security guard then fired three shots, killing a bear.
The lodge’s owner, Peter C. Peterson, said that his guests were in “complete disbelief” when the bear attacked.
“I don’t know how it did that, I thought it was an old bear that was dead,” Peterson said.
“We had been in the park for two years, so I thought that it was something that happened there, but it’s a totally different story.
It’s been in Yellowstone for 20 years.”
In addition to being the oldest lodge in Montana, the lodge also houses the Grand View Wildlife Management Area, where bear populations have been growing.
According, the GrandView Wildlife Management area includes the lodge as well as three other properties, and is home to more than 1,500 bears, which can be seen at the top of the tree-lined mountain road.
“There are bears that are up to 400 pounds,” C.J. Dillard, who lives at the property, told The Huffington Post.
“That’s about a bear every four or five miles.”
The lodge is open to visitors from the Grand Canyon National Park, Montana and Wyoming.
However, it also hosts events such as the Waco BearFest and the BearFest at the Lodge.
In the past, the bears have been spotted roaming the lodge grounds, and according to the lodge’s Facebook page, visitors can report any bears to the staff.
“If you see a bear, please let us know,” the Facebook page reads.
“This is a public gathering and we want to keep it safe.”
In 2018, the park’s grizzly population hit a record high of nearly 11,000, with around 1,600 animals killed, according to a 2017 report.
“The Yellowstone National park has had a long history of grizzly attacks,” Wampanins News noted.
“For instance, a grizzly attack on a tourist in the late 1950s, when the tourist was on the Grand Coulee Dam, killed two people.
In 1974, two grizzly bears were seen on the Yellowstone River.
In 1981, a man was killed by a bear while hiking in Yellowstone National Forest.
In 1991, a woman was killed when a bear attacked her and her dog.”
In 2015, Yellowstone National Parks released its annual Bear Survey report, in which it revealed that the number of grizzlies in Yellowstone has reached a record low, with only 462 in the state in 2018.