College wrestler mauled after saving teammate from grizzly bear. What an incredible story from four college students. They are lucky to be alive after an afternoon hike in the mountains near the Montana border and Yellowstone National Park.
Kendell Cummings and Brady Lowry, wrestlers from Northwest College, went hiking with two of their teammates and a grizzly bear surprised them out of the trees and attacked one of the guys.
In the report from the Desert News, he said the bear grabbed hold of Lowry’s arm and was biting his back, butt and shoulder. Cummings attempted to distract the bear by throwing things and yelling, then tried to pull the bear away from his teammate. Then the bear turned its focus on Kendell.
Kendell describes the attack how the bear knocked him to the ground and pushed him up to a tree where he was pinned and started attacking him. The bear eventually released him and walked away, but only to circle back for another attack.
The bear then bit down on his head. Cummings said he could hear the bears’ teeth hitting his skull and feel his bones crunch.
Then, the bear walked away again and he was gone.
First of all, when you read this story you can’t imagine that there would be survivors. The courage and strength these boys had is amazing. Cummings could have run and saved himself. Instead, he chose to help his friend.
Brady was able to call 911 after reaching a higher point for cell reception and they connected back with their friends and were able to get down the mountain and meet up with search and rescue.
Emergency responders flew Cummings to Billings Clinic Hospital in Montana. He then underwent multiple surgeries to treat lacerations to his head and face. Lowry, who was transported to a hospital via ambulance, suffered a compound fracture of his left arm. Both of the boys will make a full recovery.
Coming up at 5 on @KSL5TV: A wrestler from Utah attacked by a grizzly bear in Wyoming, he and his teammate who was also attacked spoke exclusively with me from their hospital in Montana. The young men say they’re alive today because of their teammates. #ksltv pic.twitter.com/CDGLgIbs9h— Shara Park ✨ (@KSLSharaPark) October 17, 2022
What Happens To The Bear Now
Wyoming wildlife officials said that they would not attempt to locate, capture or kill the bear because it was a surprise attack and that it would be difficult to identify the bear with several other grizzly bears in the area.